Surprisingly, opinions about the same reality may vary tremendously. For example, in the case of Plopsaland, there are both critical voices from whistleblowers, mainly former employees whose opinions get picked up by the media, and current employees who show their support for the management of Plopsaland through an advertisement. How is this possible?
And what does this mean for us, the silent majority, who hear of these situations through the media and perhaps sometimes witness transgressive behavior as well without perceiving it as such? Are we partly responsible, even though we haven’t crossed the line ourselves?
To answer this, let’s look toward social and organizational psychology and social cognitive neuroscience.