Partisan Politics, Toxic Identities, Dangerous Divides

What do Duck Dynasty and The Family Guy have to do with US politics? And what happens when we so identify with a group that we want it to win, even when it’s against our self-interest? Our guest, Dr. Lilliana Mason, explores the political impact of “in-group / out-group” dynamics in her book, Uncivil Politics: How Politics Became Our Identity. She uses social psychology to explain how both Republicans and Democrats have come to view politics through an emotional “us / them” lens, and how damaging this is to our political process that relies on negotiation, compromise, collaboration and cooperation — not winning at all costs.

Full episode transcript here.

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