Shared Reality, System Justification, and the Relational Basis of Ideological Beliefs

@article{Jost2008SharedRS,
  title={Shared Reality, System Justification, and the Relational Basis of Ideological Beliefs},
  author={J. Jost and A. Ledgerwood and C. Hardin},
  journal={Social and Personality Psychology Compass},
  year={2008},
  volume={2},
  pages={171-186}
}
Although it is tempting to think that one’s political convictions reflect independent and unbiased thinking, research increasingly suggests that ideologies reflect motivational processes. The present paper integrates system justification and shared reality theories to propose that ideologies may function as prepackaged units of interpretation that spread because of basic human motives to understand the world, avoid existential threat, and maintain valued interpersonal relationships. The authors… Expand

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