Us-Them Thinking and Fear

Us-them thinking is a psychological tendency involved in genocide and racism. In Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing, social psychologist James Waller (2007) explains that empirical and experimental research demonstrates that when groups form, members experience the boundaries of the group as meaningful, dividing people into in-group members and out-group members … Continue reading Us-Them Thinking and Fear

High-Social Dominance Orientation and Prejudice

It’s ironic to be starting this blog with social dominance orientation (SDO). SDO is, according to Pratto, Sidanius, Stallworth, and Malle (1994), “one’s degree of preference for inequality among social groups” (p. 741) or “the extent to which one desires that one’s in-group dominate and be superior to out-groups” (p. 742). A person with high … Continue reading High-Social Dominance Orientation and Prejudice