Sunday, March 5, 2017


To the heart and mind
Ignorance is kind
There's no comfort in the truth
Pain is all you'll find

One form of cognitive dissonance frequently displayed among political partisans is the tendency to support unsubstantiated and disparaging remarks directed to the other side while being completely intolerant of similar innuendo conveyed by the other side.

Social identity theory predicts such behavior. We will be less critical of actions associated with the 'in' group and more critical of behavior associated with the 'out' group.

As is the case with all affiliations, political partisanship clouds judgment. The stronger the political affiliation, the greater the inconsistency when it comes to innuendo.

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