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Keeping our sanity during political year

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  01:03 am

If we have ever thought that the arguments that our colleagues who stand on the opposite political axis made are so biased when criticizing our favorite politicians, but very inconsistent when they are defending their favorites for similar mistakes, we are most probably not alone.

In fact, our colleagues might feel the same about us, especially if we are very open about our political stance. Our political alignments are so strong, equivalent to embracing our religions.

Where we were born, how we were taught and with whom we interacted while growing up help us determine whether we hold liberal or conservative moral values. However, these moral values can also shift as we become older, gain life experience and move between socio-economic levels.

Drew Westen, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University, the United States, carried out a research study ...