The Power of Us – Jay Van Bavel & Dominic J. Packer
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A revolutionary new understanding of identity, showing how the groups we belong to have a powerful influence on our feelings, beliefs, and behaviour – and how these shared identities can inspire both personal change and social movements.
In The Power of Us, psychologists Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel integrate their own cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to explain how identity really works and how to harness its dynamic nature to:
- Boost cooperation and productivity
- Overcome bias
- Escape from echo chambers
- Break political gridlock
- Foster dissent and mobilize for change
- Lead effectively
- Galvanize action to address persistent global problems
They explore such seemingly unrelated phenomena as why a small town in Germany spent decades divided by shoes, why beliefs persist after they are disproven, how working together synchronises our brains, and why effective leaders say “we” a lot. The Power of Us will change the way you understand yourself – and the people around you – forever.
About the Author
Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. From neurons to social networks, Jay’s research investigates the psychology and neuroscience of implicit bias, group identity, team performance, decision-making, and public health. He lives in New York City with his family and pet hamster, Sunny, and once taught a class while trapped in an elevator with his kids.
Dominic Packer is a Professor of Psychology at Lehigh University. Dominic’s research investigates how people’s identities affect conformity and dissent, racism and ageism, solidarity, health, and leadership. He lives in eastern Pennsylvania with his family and dog, Biscuit.
Jay and Dominic received their PhDs from the University of Toronto, where they bonded in a shared sub-basement office. The Power of Us is their first book.
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