From civicintelligence
Us Vs. Them Mentality

Description of the pattern

An "Us & Them" mentality that leads to prejudice and an anti-humanitarian perspective. Enables people to pit against each other through dehumanization and ultra-nationalism.

How It Works

Xenophobia is what causes one group of humans to enslave, murder, and act out in a generally violent manner towards another group of human beings. News coverage often times subtly encourages xenophobic beliefs for hidden political agendas. Common tool used during times of war.


An example of xenophobia is the news coverage of Muslims, the general reactions to Middle-Easterners in America, and the war in Iraq.

Xenophobia Against Muslims in the U.S.

Linked patterns

Ultra-nationalism, Racism, Cultural imperialism, Fear Mongering, Dumbing Down