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Most of us are more distrustful than we need to be. For example, in one famous study, “lost” wallets were returned three times more often than expected.[i] In addition, it seems that our political opposites are actually much more trusting of us than we expect them to be.[ii] There is also evidence that our political opposites are actually less “opposite” than we expect.[iii]
[i] Helliwell, Huang, and Wang (2018), p. 410.
[ii] Moore-Berg, et al. (2020). Exaggerated meta-perceptions predict inter-group hostility between American political partisans.
[iii] Yudkin, et al. (2109). The Perceptions Gap: How False Impressions are Tearing Americans Apart.
Image: Lost wallet returned. Melissa Vang.
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