We Are SO Divided! | Rise of Polarization | Wednesday Checkup

  • Published: 02 May 2019
  • In our current political climate, the rise of polarization is apparent. What is not so clear is the reason for this divisive spike. I've been doing some serious research and came to a concept I have yet to seen discussed. That is how the major influx of information and mental stimulation is causing us more and more to rely on our knee jerk, lizard brain, reflexive logic. This is a rather short video because I wanted to be clear and concise but know that this isn't the last that I'll be discussing this topic. Please let me know your thoughts!

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  • Azenith
    Azenith  1 weeks back

    It's information overload, it will only get worse from here. Life is stressful enough, and the average person will not likely take this advice. It's easier just to make assumptions from your gut feeling

    • Daniel Taylor
      Daniel Taylor  2 weeks back

      I feel like part of the problem with polarization is how connected we are politically these days. Now, we have the internet, where we can read political journals, watch political videos, youtube will bring us breaking national news, and even at an earlier age, people are starting to talk politics. Hell, the president of the United States is a Twitter fiend - giving us a direct line into his opinion.

      And I feel like another facet of the polarization problem is that we are politically confused. Not politically divided, politically confused. The 2 parties used to stand for things that the public could get behind. The democrats were big on labor unions, so a lot of low to middle class people flocked to them so that they could stand up to big business, and keep the little guy from getting beaten down by corporations. At least, that's why a lot of my family used to vote Democrat. But now, that's fallen by the wayside fro a lot of more trendy and controversial topics. They still support unions, but have you see the news lately? Democrats are leaning in hard to identity politics - with a laser-vision on minorities. I'm not saying we shouldn't talk about that kind of thing, it's just that they're so focused on it, sometimes people lose the bigger picture.

      Republicans have always had a bad rep, but now, people don't really know where to go. Since the republican party has become the party of "religious zealotry" and "racism" and "making the rich richer while the poor starve" people don't really see the shift in the party. Most people who would normally oppose issues like gay marriage have mostly just accepted it as part of the world now. It's into law, there's not much they can do. So they look at bigger issues that are more important than social issues, like keeping the country's economy running.

      But, both parties have a massive divide in ideology. A lot of people from both sides have conflicting views with other members of the party, just when it comes to issues that don't have much to do with each other, but have been lumped together anyways. For instance, you have some issues like economic issues, where the party might be in favor of the same things they always have, but on social issues, there might be a shift in focus from the workers in general to, say, specifically minority workers. And that might not sit right with people that feel like they've been dealt a pretty bad hand despite not being a minority.

      I could sit here all day talking about how the parties are confused and how Donald Trump becoming president is a result of this in-fighting and confusion.

      But lastly, the final bit that makes this the perfect storm is the politicization of everything you do. Go see Black Panther, or you're a racist. Go see Captain Marvel, or you're a sexist. And if you don't like either of those movies? Same labels apply. I've been told that I'm a person who supports the systematic extermination of gay people because I occasionally eat at Chick-Fil-A. It's a moral stance, now - liking a chicken sandwich isn't just that anymore - the person who sold you that sandwich thinks a certain way, therefore you supporting them makes you a bad person.

      Honestly, though, I don't blame you for keeping the video short and sweet, and just providing tips. This is the kind of thing that I could create an entire channel about, or write several books about, and still not scratch the surface on why we're such a divided nation.

      • catherinespark
        catherinespark  3 weeks back

        My theory is that people online, and in cars, react to other comments, videos, status updates, and oncoming traffic with the FIRST thought that comes into their head. In face to face conversation and interactions, you have the subconscious social cues that program the inhibitory and social areas of your brain in a way they don't on a screen or behind a windowscreen.

        • Matt Hunter
          Matt Hunter  4 weeks back

          Civil War 2020!

          • Samantha Pentz
            Samantha Pentz  1 months back

            Have you read "Love Your Enemies" by Arthur Brooks?

            • CaliDude
              CaliDude  2 months back


              • Don't Worry be Happy
                Don't Worry be Happy  2 months back

                Doctor Mike binge 2019 💛

                • Cockatoo in Sunglasses
                  Cockatoo in Sunglasses  2 months back

                  Theres a great book called “Freedom of Speech for Me—but not for Thee” by Nat Hentoff. It shows how both sides of politics act primitively towards each other. That book took me from being a tribalist to being a more accepting person. To anyone who is either in tribalism right now, or if you know someone who is...give them this book. It makes you more tolerant towards each other.

                  • 舒乘御
                    舒乘御  3 months back

                    Doctor mike: I feel like I have to get a new iPhone every three months and I have to learn how to use it
                    Apple: do we make iPhones so frequently?

                    • LegendaryLogz
                      LegendaryLogz  4 months back

                      I would say that it's a lack of god but the Crusades and the Schism would disagree.

                      • kerpal3
                        kerpal3  4 months back

                        One of the few youtubers who doesn't polarize people but tries to bring them together. Great video Dr. Mike!

                        • Travis Needham
                          Travis Needham  4 months back

                          Doctor Mike, I am afraid for the life of your buttons... nice gainz though, Doc

                          • leChillkroete
                            leChillkroete  4 months back

                            Idk why but the thumbnail made me think of les miserables

                            • leChillkroete
                              leChillkroete  4 months back

                              & yes, ik the French flag is the other way round

                          • Sydney Davis
                            Sydney Davis  4 months back

                            Guys I’ve been trying to open a can of beans for my nachos for the last ten minutes

                            • IronEnderGamer's Dog
                              IronEnderGamer's Dog  5 months back

                              No WEEEEE POOOOOOOOOOP?

                              • Camilla B
                                Camilla B  5 months back

                                I’m only 14, but polarization can become very dangerous. Especially with the us vs. them mindset. These sound like steps leading to genicide🤷🏾‍♀️

                                • David Dylan
                                  David Dylan  5 months back

                                  I think the main issue is not that we've become more polarized; I grew up in the eighties, it was pretty much the same. The thing is that completely unacceptable ideas are trying to gain mainstream status, like anti-vaxers and racists, and doing so by trying to present themselves as a reasonable alternative and demand we take a middle ground between them and reasonable standpoints, whining about polarization if we refuse.

                                  • Jaime Perez
                                    Jaime Perez  5 months back

                                    Jesus Christ they're are kids in cages. C'mon

                                    • Christopher The Nerd
                                      Christopher The Nerd  5 months back

                                      This is why I'm going to become independent once I register to vote

                                      • תהילה חזום
                                        תהילה חזום  6 months back


                                        • The Cat Man
                                          The Cat Man  6 months back

                                          Capitalism is the disease, socialism is the cure.

                                          • MyPasture
                                            MyPasture  6 months back

                                            Workflows at work!!!! Oh what a wonderful life! I’m too blessed to be stressed ❣️

                                            • CC
                                              CC  6 months back

                                              You should do a video on flat feet and fitness! Specifically squats. I’ve that issue lol

                                              • Iyat RS
                                                Iyat RS  6 months back


                                                • GmodGTX
                                                  GmodGTX  6 months back

                                                  This tribalistic thinking and the problems it causes is exactly what Jordan Peterson has been talking about for years, and it's why he became so popular.

                                                  • liz porter
                                                    liz porter  6 months back

                                                    Please start an online university 🥰 really would retain more medical information if you taught me!!

                                                    • ReddFoxx1562
                                                      ReddFoxx1562  6 months back

                                                      Any opinions on the "Last Week Tonight" episode about medical devices?

                                                      • Hexilux
                                                        Hexilux  6 months back

                                                        Pro tip: Don’t get your politics from a medical doctor.

                                                        • Matthew B. Jones
                                                          Matthew B. Jones  6 months back

                                                          Ahhh fuck me, you too dr. Mike? I come here because you were the tv dr. It was great it was fun. I am so tired of every god damn Tom dick and wanna be Harry going all SJW. I thot i was safe here. Peace out I'm over it. Thanks it was awesome while it lasted.

                                                          • Daniel Belmiro
                                                            Daniel Belmiro  6 months back

                                                            I stopped political debates amd started doing friendly debates about game of thrones. It was all friendly until Daenerys burned kingslanding, i still like her. GoT fans are turning against each other, and Daenerys haters see us, her fans like some sort of hitler suporters

                                                            • ajsuflena
                                                              ajsuflena  6 months back

                                                              okay i’m fed up of people saying the world is so violent so much when in fact we are the most peaceful we have ever been in the history of humanity. tribes were at war at each other ALL THE TIME thousands of years ago so calm down it’s not the end of the world

                                                              • aulia chatika
                                                                aulia chatika  6 months back


                                                                • Nick G
                                                                  Nick G  6 months back

                                                                  Hey mike idk where to ask a comment with the hope of getting a response, but I was curious about what causes hair loss in people like me (early 20s who exercise and eat reasonably well)

                                                                  • Bouutique Ms
                                                                    Bouutique Ms  6 months back

                                                                    So brave of you to do this.

                                                                    • Isaiah Lynd-porter
                                                                      Isaiah Lynd-porter  6 months back

                                                                      Just learned that people are apparently treating their children's autism by giving them bleach. Just thought that should be out there.

                                                                      • Marg SR
                                                                        Marg SR  6 months back

                                                                        you are so smart! maybe some video with your father - he had such a interesting journey - first medicine in Russia , than in USA. etc et cetc

                                                                        • Jackson Dawn
                                                                          Jackson Dawn  6 months back

                                                                          This really reminds me of the TED talk about the girl who escaped the Westboro Baptist Church. She talks about how polarizing her views were and how much everyone hated her on Twitter, but then someone took the time to use those techniques and she realised everything she believed was a terrible indoctrine

                                                                          • AmyAsheworth - Unofficial

                                                                            Fuck Apple.

                                                                            • Marvelous Quasar Pork Man

                                                                              I mean, the actual issue is that few people think. When you base everything on experience, you automatically reject things you haven't experienced, because you don't get them.

                                                                              People look insane when you don't understand them. It's even worse when they act with information you don't have, and can't possibly understand, because you are not thinking. When was the last time you tried to speak with people who grind your gears and tried to understand why they do what they do? That's it. People don't care about understanding, it's about winning the argument.

                                                                              • ReezeGoingSenseless
                                                                                ReezeGoingSenseless  7 months back

                                                                                Good Video.Also, I got onto the channel because dude is hot.It's a factor.

                                                                                • Jade Ferra
                                                                                  Jade Ferra  7 months back

                                                                                  Honest question, and let me start off I think anti-vaxxers are a danger to their kids and society and 100% disagree with them, but one of their biggest (sensible) sticking points about wanting to make their own health decisions I can relate to. I have struggled with depression and resisted anti-depressants although I've had at least 5 doctors give me an open invite (I'm not a danger to myself or others, just have very bad disinterest, which I would consider much less immediate in need than being suicidal, for example) but I believe for my level of depression that pills are more dangerous than my depression. I've done a lot of research and I want to trust my doctors, but honestly, they often have lead me astray. One said I had PCOS and prescribed me medication that could have killed me because she just jumped to conclusions, she didn't even test me for it. So how come my judgement on those issues is acceptable to put above a doctor's but not their opinion on vaccination? I understand vaccines protect all of us, but I don't believe anyone should base medical actions based on possible ill affects to society. I mean we allow smoking even though second-hand smoke is bad for you, we allow extreme obesity which can create fire hazards (as in so big they can't leave their home), etc - we allow people to make personal choices that could hurt other people because their body their choice. Genuinely curious how you would respond to this kind of thing, how do doctors draw the line between health skepticism/personal choice medicine vs mandated vaccines and whatnot, because I honestly haven't found a good answer yet...

                                                                                  • Awsh
                                                                                    Awsh  7 months back

                                                                                    As much as I respect you Dr.Mike, I'm not sure if I agree with this stance. I don't really see polarization as a bad thing nor as something new. If you look back upon our history, we've always have been this polarized. Whether it be Patriots vs Loyalist, Federalist vs Antifederalist, Republican vs Democrat, etc. And America has always pulled through. What is happening now is nothing new. And personally I like the fact that the parties are being more divided because it gives leftist like me to have more of a voice. A major reason why we are getting "more divided" is because there is push for the democratic party to go further left, which I don't see as a bad thing personally. And there is a push for the Republican party to go further right(which imo is kind of scary as it leans towards facism and bigotry). The only reason why we weren't as divided as we were let's say like 30ish years ago is because one party compromised its political beliefs (democrats) and went further right to appeal with the Republican voters. That's the only reason. The difference today is that there is some push back from leftist who want to reform the left to go further left. Another thing that I also want to mention is, sometimes I can't simply disagree with someone because of their political beliefs. For some beliefs I can, for others I can't. For example, when someone thinks that LGBTQ+ people shouldn't have special protections to help protect us(a very known marginalized group who is at a very high risk for violence) or that I don't deserve the same rights as my straight friends and family, I'm going to have issues. Or when people believe in policies that disenfranchise people of color, that to me is no longer just a normal opinion. That sort of opinion is harmful and can have REALLY bad consequences. Yes people have the right to disagree with one another, but not all opinions are as valid. Some can be, but not all. Not all sides have equal weight, and we should acknowledge that. I still love your content Dr.Mike, but I wanted to add a bit of nuance in this discussion since I don't see anyone countering/critiquing your points in the comment section.

                                                                                    • Jenny X
                                                                                      Jenny X  7 months back

                                                                                      We no longer have things to unite us. Religion has fallen by way side. We job hop and can’t trust our employer. We don’t stay with family in close proximity or remain with a community. The Russians or Arabs aren’t coming to get us. So we fight with one another because we belong nowhere.

                                                                                      • Jennifer Alvarado
                                                                                        Jennifer Alvarado  7 months back

                                                                                        I would love the see a video of your thoughts and opinions on the Amen Clinics

                                                                                        • Sanjida hehehe
                                                                                          Sanjida hehehe  7 months back

                                                                                          He sad thing is you are more known/mostly known because of your appearance 😔. But you use it to educate. Thank you!

                                                                                          • Ella Weston
                                                                                            Ella Weston  7 months back

                                                                                            dr mike: let’s dive iiiinnn...

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                                                                                            • Kevin Cox
                                                                                              Kevin Cox  7 months back

                                                                                              Do a video on hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism

                                                                                              • Rose Kennedy
                                                                                                Rose Kennedy  7 months back

                                                                                                Hey Dr. Mike- I wondered if you knew of a way to locate the most reputable physician or physicians that treat certain medical conditions? With all this information advances- I’ve yet to find a site that truly provides consumers the ability to search doctors based on reputable feedback for treatments, diseases, and outcomes. I ask because I need to find a doctor or team of doctors who treat and fix recto vaginal fistulas - aka RVF. Thanks 🙏🏻