Politics, despite common assumptions, is nothing but a game. It’s storytelling, involving heroes and villains, creating a perfect utopian society, and maintaining constant drama. This game involves everyone, whether they know that they’re playing or not. Politics is drama, and humans are inherently drawn to such fantasy. 

Stories are how humans make sense of the world. 

“Just as the brain detects patterns in the visual forms of nature — a face, a figure, a flower — and in sound, so too it detects patterns in information. Stories are recognizable patterns, and in those patterns we find meaning. We use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others. They are the signal within the noise,” said Frank Rose, the author of The Art of Immersion

A landmark 1944 study at Massachusetts College concluded that humans use stories to give themselves a rational explanation of what happens around them. 34 students were shown a short film of two triangles and a circle moving around a two-dimensional plane. 

Of the 34 students, only one described the film as what it was, the rest of the group produced various explanations of what happened. Some explained it as the triangles being men fighting over a woman- the circle. Others attributed emotions to the shapes based on the speed and patterns at which they were moving.

This study proved that people inherently jump to a story to explain what’s happening in the world around them.

A step up from just listening to stories is attempting to solve them as well. Humans inherently have varying extents of a savior complex. According to Psychology Today, a savior complex is a “psychological construct that makes a person feel the need to save other people. This person has a strong tendency to seek people who desperately need help and to assist them, often sacrificing their own needs for these people.”

Not all people have the same level of a savior complex. While some people may go out of their way to help others regardless of circumstances, others may stick to ‘saving’ people of their race, community, or family. Nevertheless, most people want to stand for an initiative and …….

Source: https://scotscoop.com/divided-we-fall-the-psychology-behind-americas-eventual-decline/

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