A few points to consider when devising a communication strategy that counters the populist hysteria around the subject of refugees.
What does the science of habituation say about unlearning dysfunctional life strategies such as authoritarianism?
Fighting unfreedom like we fight poverty.
Applying behavioural science and the science of habit formation to identify elements of the self-perpetuating thinking behind “unfreedom” and suggests behavioural nudges to dislodge these thought patterns.
Seligman’s choice of experiment was kindergarten children with symptoms of depression. The typical directions of their thoughts were 1) that positive things happen despite one’s efforts, while 2) negative things are one’s own fault.
Conditional stupidity is a well-established phenomenon. When reminded that they’re not supposed to perform well (in the form of stereotypes, for instance), people’s performance suffers. The process can be reversed – but can it be transferred to other forms of conditional behaviours such as morality or cooperation?
People don’t reason to find out the truth but to win arguments. Reasoning is generally seen as a means to improve knowledge and make better decisions. However, much evidence shows that reasoning often leads to epistemic distortions and poor decisions. This suggests that the function of reasoning should be rethought. Our hypothesis is that the …
A symptom of the Stockholm strategy of survival is to identify with the oppressor, take his point of view and let one’s own individual perspective dissolve. Authoritarian thinking also looks at a leader as a proxy to act on our behalf and government as executor of our own punitive instincts. Restoring perspectives could make creeping oppression harder to take hold.