Haidt says in his book that he was very liberal before he started his research. He now considers himself more of a centrist. He learned that both left and right have legitimate points to make and that several factors in our biology make it difficult to see the other side once we have chosen our tribe. But he has some great suggestions about what to do to stop our divisiveness.
Read more about the interview on the TED blog: The other side isn’t your enemy: Jonathan Haidt speaks at TEDNYC.
Read more about Haidt's work: Finding Common Ground During Election Season.
Adam Khan is the author of Antivirus For Your Mind: How to Strengthen Your Persistence and Determination and Feel Good More Often and co-author with Klassy Evans of Viewfinder: How to Change the Way You Look at Things.