“Fanaticism.” In the words of Winston
Churchill, a fanatic is someone who won’t
change his mind and won’t change the
Two-category, “black and white thinking."
Tendencies to see the world in terms of
“our side” and “the other side” "or no
Immediate Decisioning. Little or no time is
spent in deliberating shades of meaning.
Quick decisions about “good” and “bad.”
Behavioral Commitment, Heavy commitment of
time and energy to the hot-button topic,
less interest in other parts of life.
Impatience With Moderation. Moderate,
middle-of-the-road positions on a hot-button
topic are ignored or given no credibility by
Extremizing. Polarizing the “opponent’s”
position, making it more extreme than that
opponent would actually believe.
Others. Thinking that other people are
hostile and biased against one’s own side of
the hot-button issue.