Humans are More Likely to Double Down for "Hot Button" Issues

Even when we don’t fully agree with our own opinions, for “hot button” issues (e.g., politics, religion) we paradoxically will defend them even more in the face of an opposing point of view.
December 4, 2020Updated 12 months ago
Humans are More Likely to Double Down for "Hot Button" Issues
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Consider Trump supporters, for example. Many Trump voters found themselves in a position where they defended Trump's actions and behavior once in office - even when they didn't fully support them. Voting for him once was enough to make them double down and defend, rather than reflect on whether they should revise their thinking.
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