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Cats, Anyone? Finding What We Have in Common When Ideology Divides Us

February 24, 2020
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Cats, Anyone? Finding What We Have in Common When Ideology Divides Us

What if we shifted our focus from the ways people are different, and looked at the ways that we’re similar?

It’s easy to get along with people who share our values. We naturally create “ingroups” with people who share similar goals, political views or taste in music. Our ingroup becomes “Us,” and anyone outside our group becomes “Them.”

Is it possible to break down the barriers between Us and Them?  The Common Ingroup Identity Model says it is. Specifically, that if we can find a point of similarity with someone, we’ll show less negative bias towards them.

We put two real people on camera to test this theory.


This was produced in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust. Learn more about how you can bridge differences in your life here.

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