The mindset, or the so called mentality, can be described as the behavior of a specific group of individuals. The mindset influences choices and tools in different fields of life in general. It is an interesting phenomenon which unites different people for example in one country or area. Furthermore this character can be described as groupthink. It influences as well decisions and other fundamental features.
Mentality and mindset can describe the world view of an individual and point out the philosophy of its life as well.
Politics and Mindsets
Mindsets play an important role in the field of politics. Especially international political relations are influenced by the mentality of the country’s leaders. The key for a successful relation is to know the mindset of the political partner. A lot of problems can be solved with knowledge and understanding.
In contrast to this consideration, mindset is also used in the fields of terrorism or proliferation of weapons in general and weapons of mass destruction.
Collectiveness and Mindsets
The topic of collective mindsets is in the center of a lot of scientific works. It is very interesting, that individuals living in the same country or area can be characterized by the same character traits. In this context, the term mindset can be put on a level with group-identity. It can be describe as a specific plan of life, which is pursued by a certain group of individuals.
The Indians of America, for example, received a new life-plan already since the discovery of America. The most important goal nowadays is to own a house and also a well filled bank account. They lost their original mentality as a result of displacement and adaptation.