Building on laboratory- and survey-based research probing the psychology of ideology and the experience of worldview conflict, we examined the association between worldview conflict and emotional reactions, psychological well-being, humanity esteem, and political ideology in everyday life using experience sampling. In three combined samples (total N = 328), experiencing disagreement compared to agreement was associated with experiencing more other-condemning emotions, less well-being, and less humanity esteem. There were no clear associations between experiencing disagreement and experiencing self-conscious emotions, positive emotions, and mental stress. None of the relationships were moderated by political ideology. These results both replicate and challenge findings from laboratory- and survey-based research, and we discuss possible reasons for the discrepancies. Experience sampling methods can help researchers get a glimpse into everyday worldview conflict.
Repository citation: Brandt, Mark J.; Crawford, Jarret T.; and VanTongeren, Daryl R., "Worldview Conflict in Daily Life" (2019). Faculty Publications. Paper 1516.
Published in: Social Psychological and Personality Science, Volume 10, Issue 1, January 1, 2019, pages 35-43. Copyright © 2019 SAGE.