Ideological Fit Enhances Interpersonal Orientations

Chopik, W. J., & Motyl, M. Ideological fit enhances interpersonal orientations. Social Psychological and Personality Science, Forthcoming

32 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2016

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William Chopik

Michigan State University - Department of Psychology

Matt Motyl

University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Illinois at Chicago

Date Written: June 3, 2016

Abstract

Living among politically dissimilar others leads individuals to feel left out and ultimately predicts mobility away from an area. But does living in politically incongruent environment affect how we relate to other people? In two national samples (N = 12,846 and N = 6,316), the congruence between an individual’s ideological orientation and their community’s ideological orientation were examined. Lack of ideological fit with one’s environment was associated with a difficulty to form close relationships and lower perspective taking. Our findings illustrate the psychological effects of living among dissimilar others and possible explanations for how social environments modulate interpersonal relations.

Keywords: ideology, social ecology, relationships, political misfit, ideological enclavement, attachment, empathy, perspective taking

Suggested Citation

Chopik, William and Motyl, Matt, Ideological Fit Enhances Interpersonal Orientations (June 3, 2016). Chopik, W. J., & Motyl, M. Ideological fit enhances interpersonal orientations. Social Psychological and Personality Science, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2789845

William Chopik (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - Department of Psychology ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48823
United States

Matt Motyl

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

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Psychology Department
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United States

HOME PAGE: http://motyl.people.uic.edu

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

1102 Behavioral Science Building (BSB)
Chicago, IL 60607-7137
United States

HOME PAGE: http://motyl.people.uic.edu

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