Political aspects of shared reality

Chadly Stern, Peter Ondish

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The political world permeates people's everyday experiences. In this article, we review recent research concerning how the pursuit, creation, and maintenance of shared reality underlie important political phenomena. We address three general points. First, we discuss how the desire to share reality shapes the political attitudes that people adopt. Second, we outline how the existence of competing representations of reality can lead to prolonged political conflicts that are challenging to overcome. Third, we consider how and why shared reality contributes to social stasis and change. A scientifically informed understanding of how shared reality shapes the political arena will enrich psychological research and facilitate addressing social issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
StatePublished - Oct 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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