In 2018, it can be easy to fall into the divisiveness of the current political climate. This may mean cutting off friends of the opposite political affiliation or restricting new friends to those in the same political affiliation as you. Sometimes this can be tempting, especially when tensions are running high, like election seasons. However, this may not be good for your politics or your brain. Believe it or not, there is evidence that psychology and neuroscience can impact politics and that politics can impact psychology and neuroscience.
There have been studies that have proposed that when people are in highly politically partisan environments, then those partisan beliefs can become more emboldened. This can apply to college students and the organizations they tend to seek out. It can also apply to the political conferences that organizations love to throw and internships with political figures. It can be refreshing to find a political group on campus or political internship and jump head first into it, because you are finally surrounded with people that think like you. Those political conventions and internships are great for networking and making friends. It is important to remember that making these connections and friendships are great. Just try to even out the friendships that you are making among the different political orientations.