The Righteous Mind Why Good People Are Divided by Politics

Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens?In The Righteous Mind social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding His starting point is moral intuition the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do These intuitions feel like self evident truths making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrongHaidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures including the cultures of the political left and right He blends his own research findings with those of anthropologists historians and other psychologists to draw a map of the moral domain and he explains why conservatives can navigate that mapskillfully than can liberals He then examines the origins of morality overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creaturesBut rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic he makes asubtle claim that we are fundamentally groupish It is our groupishness he explains that leads to our greatest joys our religious divisions and our political affiliations In a stunning final chapter on ideology and civility Haidt shows what each side is right about and why we need the insights of liberals conservatives and libertarians to flourish as a nation PLEASE NOTE When you purchase this title the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audioWhy can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens?In The Righteous Mind social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding His starting point is moral intuition the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do These intuitions feel like self evident truths making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrongHaidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures including the cultures of the political left and right He blends his own research findings with those of anthropologists historians and other psychologists to draw a map of the moral domain and he explains why conservatives can navigate that mapskillfully than can liberals He then examines the origins of morality overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creaturesBut rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic he makes asubtle claim that we are fundamentally groupish It is our groupishness he explains that leads to our greatest joys our religious divisions and our political affiliations In a stunning final chapter on ideology and civility Haidt shows what each side is right about and why we need the insights of liberals conservatives and libertarians to flourish as a nation PLEASE NOTE When you purchase this title the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audioWhy can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens?In The Righteous Mind social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding His starting point is moral intuition the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do These intuitions feel like self evident truths making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrongHaidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures including the cultures of the political left and right He blends his own research findings with those of anthropologists historians and other psychologists to draw a map of the moral domain and he explains why conservatives can navigate that mapskillfully than can liberals He then examines the origins of morality overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creaturesBut rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic he makes asubtle claim that we are fundamentally groupish It is our groupishness he explains that leads to our greatest joys our religious divisions and our political affiliations In a stunning final chapter on ideology and civility Haidt shows what each side is right about and why we need the insights of liberals conservatives and libertarians to flourish as a nation PLEASE NOTE When you purchase this title the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio