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The 2016 US presidential election deepened resentment between America’s political left and right, and destroyed many relationships. But before you downsize your social circle, listen to social psychologist Robb Willer’s clear, urgent message. getAbstract applauds his useful research-backed method of framing arguments according to an audience’s liberal or conservative values – an idea that can connect across even the most divisive politics.

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Robb Willer is a professor of sociology and psychology at Stanford University.



The gulf between America’s political left and right is widening. Liberals and conservatives not only inhabit different social circles and follow separate news media but physically distance themselves from one another. Moreover, politically fueled hostility is escalating, debasing individuals and the country. The current situation resembles a “zombie apocalypse movie”; that is, Americans have stopped thinking independently and are traveling in “packs” ruled by groupthink. Individuals on both sides of the rift consider themselves the heroes of the movie and blame their opponents for spreading animosity. But in reality, ...

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