Allophilia: Positive Attitude Toward an Outgroup

John T. Jost, Mahzarin R. Banaji, and their colleagues have identified group justification as an important component for understanding feelings of conflict between one’s ingroup and an outgroup. Focusing on “us” versus “them” can create or exacerbate prejudice.

Todd L. Pittinsky and his colleagues promote the goal of allophilia–developing a genuinely positive attitude toward an outgroup. Pittinsky and colleagues acknowledge that achieving the allophilia will require remarkable leadership.