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This Article proposes a new conceptual paradigm for overcoming political polarization—the civic mindset. I argue that the primary psychological barrier to bridging political divides is an adversarial state of mind called the partisan mindset, and I explain its specific characteristics, fundamental operating principles, and triggers. To combat polarization, I introduce the civic mindset, elucidate its basic features and functions, and explain how societal embrace of this unique outlook can advance a vibrant political space within which partisan competition and national unity can thrive.