"A societal paradox: The discrepancy between individual well-being and collective discontent"
University of Groningen - Social and Organizational Psychology
Anne Marthe van der Bles
Prof.dr. T. Postmes (University of Groningen)
Prof.dr. R. Meijer (University of Groningen)
1 September 2012 - 1 September 2016
University of Groningen
For the last decade, several countries witnessed severe societal discontent. Paradoxically, such discontent can exist despite high levels of individual well-being. Current psychological research cannot fully explain this discrepancy. By building on recent advances in measurement of properties of groups, our project develops a new method of measuring collective perceptions of society so that we can study their consequences (e.g., for voting, interpretation of news) and causes. Our overarching aim is to resolve the discrepancy between individual well-being and collective discontent. Understanding collective perceptions of society not only advances fundamental knowledge, but also has practical relevance for managing societal discontent.