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Psychology Today: Why Not View the Other Side as “Crazy?”

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With the 2024 election fast approaching, anxiety about our fellow citizen’s voting behavior is high. It’s a common refrain that people on the other side of one’s political view seem to be either ignorant, evil, or crazy. This third option is not typically taken seriously. But as a philosopher of neurodivergence and as a father of an autistic child, I think framing the other side as though they were neurodivergent will encourage listening over silencing, negotiation over intransigence, and democracy over violence. [continue reading]