What the Election Has Taught us about Like-Minded Sentiment

If there has ever been a time that better highlights the power of like-mindedness and collective sentiment, I can’t think of one. Social media pages lit up as a result of the election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States last week. Neighbors, family, friends, co-workers, high school classmates, you name it, took to social media to vent their frustrations or their joy in hopes of being heard. Some turned to social media to commiserate, others turned to it to celebrate. Soon the “Commiserators” and the “Celebrators” fiercely clashed. Why did it hurt us so much to find out how a beloved family member or good friend had voted? Will that change how we interact with them i

What Does it Mean to be “Like Minded”?

We hear this term a lot – especially in the last few months because of the U.S. presidential election. With our country more polarized than ever, many find solace in interacting with like-minded groups or what we like to call them at VISVA, those with Collective Sentiment. All too often we hear things like “oh John is a good guy, but we just can’t talk politics.” This self-sorting is happening all the time. Using “John” as the example, let’s take this one step further. Maybe you know that you can’t talk politics with John, but you like him as a person and want to remain friends with him. So you continue your friendship and talk about other things you may have in common. It can be work, sport

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