Do politics make us irrational? – Jay Van Bavel

Do politics make us irrational? – Jay Van Bavel

Dig into the psychology of political partisanship, how to recognize it and what strategies can be used to combat it.

Can someone’s political identity actually affect their ability to process information? The answer lies in a cognitive phenomenon known as partisanship. While identifying with social groups is an essential and healthy part of life, it can become a problem when the group’s beliefs are at odds with reality. So how can we recognize and combat partisanship? Jay Van Bavel shares helpful strategies.

Lesson by Jay Van Bavel, directed by Patrick Smith.

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50 thoughts on “Do politics make us irrational? – Jay Van Bavel

  1. FYI

    Politics don’t affect you at all if you dont care about it and youre a social outcast who spends their entire life inside the house.

  2. YES. The answer is YES.

    And, I agree about the bias thing. Calling out people for being biased in favor of something you DISAGREE with is EASY. Acknowledging you OWN biases, on the other hand…

  3. Telling people what they want to hear and polarizing us is highly profitable business. Today’s society runs on this kind of profit…

  4. Gun control and gun crimes aren’t a 2+2 equation. There are too many factors that can’t be written on paper. So its much more likely that the question is wrong on the second test, than the answer. And the person asking the second question is actually the biased one.

  5. Politics itself don’t make us irritational but identifying yourself with a certain political party does that. Simple solution don’t become a fan of any political party and judge them on an even hand without bais. By becoming fan of a political party you give up your right to question the legislature. So don’t become a fan but also try to stay updated with politics as it contributes alot in humanity’s future.

  6. Cognitive dissonance turning into high partisanship leads to mass indoctrination! Which cannot be countered unfortunately 🙁

  7. the funny part about this video is if you are on the left side you probely think that it was thows on the right side who was wrong about the provided data and oposite

  8. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in religious groups……..(Not trying to point out any specific ones even though I am but not intending to offend the people because im nice)

  9. On the upside, I can now commit crimes and just tell the cops that I believe what I was doing was in the best interest of the country and get away with it.

  10. If you take in consideration that the American people’s favorable opinion of Congress is only 15%, that makes the American people rational, accurate and smart. Thinking otherwise is irrational.

  11. I’m annoyed with how they phrased this title. Politics don’t make people irrational. Pre-existing beliefs about anything – including politics – makes people irrational. The idea that humans are irrational because we try to govern ourselves is unfounded.

  12. Part 2 of this is that when you set out to “be more analytical” with your intuition, those analytical processes might be more driven by your biases than you’d like to admit.

    And that one’s much harder to solve.

  13. You can’t reason a person out of a position that which they were never reasoned into in the first place.

  14. "Increased dramatically in the last few decades…" Between the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Twitter Wars, you pick the Twitter Wars as the most partisan?

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