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Psychol Sci. 2014 Jan;25(1):137-44. doi: 10.1177/0956797613500796. Epub 2013 Nov 18.

The liberal illusion of uniqueness.

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New York University.

Abstract

In two studies, we demonstrated that liberals underestimate their similarity to other liberals (i.e., display truly false uniqueness), whereas moderates and conservatives overestimate their similarity to other moderates and conservatives (i.e., display truly false consensus; Studies 1 and 2). We further demonstrated that a fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives in the motivation to feel unique explains this ideological distinction in the accuracy of estimating similarity (Study 2). Implications of the accuracy of consensus estimates for mobilizing liberal and conservative political movements are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

motivation; need for uniqueness; political ideology; social perception; truly false uniqueness

PMID:
24247730
DOI:
10.1177/0956797613500796
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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