Fewer people agree with you than you think

Being a politician is a good deal harder than most of us realise. Recent posts here about cognitive polyphasia remind me that being a politician involves squaring a number of unsquareable circles. Here’s the RSA’s Matthew Taylor on cognitive dissonance and the rose coloured mirror. People – the voters (trans: you and I) don’t recognise the point at which our stated view of the world conflicts with reality.

Matthew’s post makes the point that we tend to err on the side of the argument that says that we – personally – view ourselves more positively than we view others. Continue reading