Posted by: Frank | March 15, 2020

Frank blogged on March 15, 2020 at 11:24AM

Does this ring true right now? It’s a consequence of being intentionally divided.

“In one study, Dominic Abrams and his colleagues divided groups of participants into smaller groups based on trivial categories (e.g., groups based on numbers that were randomly assigned to them). Then participants were asked to complete a difficult perceptual task while receiving helpful information from members of either their ingroup or outgroup. They found that participants did not rely on input from outgroup members even when it would have been useful for them to do so. Instead, they toiled on alone. Abrams and colleagues wrote, “[ Participants] resisted information purely on the basis that it was derived from a category of person to which they did not belong.”” (Emphasis added)

— Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland

from Frank McPherson’s Web Notes

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