Riada and Jay Van Bavel on ”Power of US” - Harnessing Our Shared Identities

In today’s fascinating conversation, Riada talks to Dr. Jay Van Bavel about the dynamics of shared identities, what causes people to develop a social identity, and what happens to people when they define themselves in terms of group memberships. Identities are not a stable or a static thing, but Jay also explained what does conformity to norm accomplish for a group.

We also addressed toxic patterns of standard group and identity dynamics, and you might be surprised to learn why we go along with others. Jay told us about studies that reveal some critical lessons about human nature, including that people are not blindly obedient to authorities, but that a sense of common identity is crucial to understanding when people help and support one another. Learn why dissent is important even when difficult, and why on social media or offline, people can be led into belief-confirming information bubbles.

Finally, learn about the importance of leadership and how it influences the group norms, and the behavior of the group of people when they take on an identity. I hope you enjoy this great conversation, and appreciate the tools that you can learn to harness “The Power of Us” for good.

Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology & Neural Science at New York University, an affiliate at the Stern Scho…

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