The missing ingredient in today’s debates? Generosity In the early 1960s a white student who had seen Malcolm X speak at her college went to the Nation of Islam restaurant in New York to challenge him on his philosophy. “Don’t … Continue reading Polarisation and anomie
How Political Opinions Change Our political opinions and attitudes are an important part of who we are and how we construct our identities. Hence, if I ask your opinion on health care, you will not only share it with me, … Continue reading How flexible we are
“My-side bias” makes it difficult for us to see the logic in arguments we disagree with In what feels like an increasingly polarised world, trying to convince the “other side” to see things differently often feels futile. Psychology has done … Continue reading Opinions as facts
Would You Go to a Republican Doctor? Suppose you need to see a dermatologist. Your friend recommends a doctor, explaining that “she trained at the best hospital in the country and is regarded as one of the top dermatologists in … Continue reading Choice on one dimension
Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are facts In a post-truth world of alternative facts, there is understandable interest in the psychology behind why people are generally so wedded to their opinions and … Continue reading The psychology of society
Something we could use a little more of – studies link intellectual humility with openness to other viewpoints Early in 2018, the default reaction to encountering someone who disagrees with you is to place your fingers in your ears. The … Continue reading A little more humility
We’re surprisingly unaware of when our own beliefs change If you read an article about a controversial issue, do you think you’d realise if it had changed your beliefs? No one knows your own mind like you do – it … Continue reading Are your beliefs inconsistent?