Chapter 6. Bonds of We, Barriers of They: Binding Fractures

During the past quarter century, research evidence collected in localities as different as Brooklyn, New York and Bristol, England has proven that human beings possess few psychological forces as powerful as their ability to survey the surrounding social community and then mentally cleave it into a we-group, in which they include themselves, and one or more they-groups. Life provides nearly everyone with experiences that demonstrate the power of this division between the bonds of we and the barriers of they.

Promotive Tension

Bonds of we tie parents to their children, sports enthusiasts to favored teams, motion picture patrons to fictional characters, and patriots to beloved nations. Because ...

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