Why Do We Wear Political Colours Like Football Jerseys?

Navigating the psychological labyrinth of political party support

Copyclem

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Political parties. Glorious factions that divide us like ketchup and mustard on a hot dog.

And can anyone tell me why are we wearing these labels like oversized team jerseys, cheering on our side with the fervour of a World Cup final?

The allegiance to a political party can be a complex phenomenon. Understanding the decision-making and reasoning behind this support requires peering into the labyrinth of human psychology, where oftentimes logic and objectivity do not exist.

The whistle’s blown, and kick-off!!!

The Roots of Affiliation: A Psychological Exploration

On a generic level, family upbringing and social circles are what set the stage for most of us. Individuals often adopt the political leanings of their immediate environment, creating clusters of support and reinforcing existing beliefs.

But what’s really happening here is, at the root of it all, humans crave belonging, and parties offer a cosy club for like-minded souls.

Imagine a room full of people who think avocado toast is the height of breakfast luxury, while others believe that socks are an existential conspiracy.

Pick your spot and get comfy.

At its core, party support often stems from a sense of belonging. People seek groups that resonate with their values, beliefs, and social identities. This alignment shapes their perception of issues and policies, creating a sense of shared purpose and belonging.

And as much as logic plays a role, we often find our emotions fueling the party. Politicians are just ticket-sellers, ushering us into different cars, driven by fear, anger, and hopes for a better future.

The occasional rage-tweet… well, that’s just the sugar rush.

By the way, are we still calling them ‘tweets’ now, or is it just another ‘post’?

Speaking of which, when was the last time anyone saw a post and took the time to verify that piece of information?

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Copyclem

Writing about what I care, and learning from what I write.