As a life-long student of the social sciences, I’ve always been intrigued by the capacity of seemingly honest, intelligent people to twist facts and re-tell events in the cause of resolving their own cognitive dissonance and advancing what they perceive to be the best interests of their tribe.
The current Presidential campaign in the United States is a case and point: Republicans and Democrats are both quite sure that the other side, is at best, embellishing or editing the truth in the cause of winning supporters. At worst, there’s an incredible amount of intentional lying going on. Why?
Heres my explanation. All of us belong to a number of tribes. I am convinced that tribal loyalties not only shape our opinions but empower us to comfortably revise inconvenient truths.
I respectfully invite you to take the following brief test. Without knowing who you are or what your current opinions…
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