When you feel too attached to (or constrained by) your in-group, get up and get moving by yourself or with others to help free you up and connect with the greater community. It's neuroscience!
Choose Your Lift Level
What do you have capacity for today? Whether it's a light lift, or something a little heavier, taking a step is what counts.
Check Your In-Group's Take on Reality
Invite the members of your in-group to take More in Common's Perception Gap quiz and review the findings. If you can't find the time to do it together, take it yourself and send it to those in your political in-group.
Explore your in-group's misperceptions of the other party and, if possible, discuss what they might mean for your own side.
The Science Behind It
You know the saying, "Don't believe everything that you see!" One of the biggest drivers of political polarization in the U.S. today is "the perception gap," or the difference between how extreme the majority of us on the left and right perceive the members of the opposite camp in terms of their political attitudes and actions versus where those members actually stand on the issues.
The real problem with this gap is that our inaccurate perceptions of the "other side" tend to elicit more extreme attitudes and reactions in us, which can trigger a vicious cycle. Awareness of these misperceptions can encourage us to check our assumptions and soften (or shift) our positions on some issues. This is called a "cognitive shift."
End the day by making a few notes on how else you might integrate joint movement into the life of your in-group.
Set a daily reminder
Get daily exercise reminders on your phone or email throughout The Challenge to stay on track.
- Better navigate politically polarizing situations
- Repair strained relationships with family and friends
- Become a less reactive and more effective communicator
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