Extremists Least Likely to Doubt Their Views

As America’s political polarization grows ever more intense, it sometimes seems that the people who are most convinced of the superiority of their viewpoints are those at the extremes.

Newly published research suggests that depressing equation is absolutely accurate.

A study that surveyed opinions on nine hot-button topics finds that “people endorsing the extreme viewpoints felt the most superior about their beliefs.” So reports a research team led by Vanderbilt University psychologist Kaitlin Toner. [cont.]

Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard