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Thu Aug 23, 2012, 11:54 PM

"The Fascinating Differences Between The Conservative and Liberal Personality "

The Fascinating Differences Between The Conservative and Liberal Personality

By Jared DeFife at AlterNet

http://www.alternet.org/fascinating-differences-between-conservative-and-liberal-personality?paging=off

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Personality differences are a leading candidate in the race toward understanding the rift between political liberals and conservatives. Using data compiled from nearly 20,000 respondents, Columbia University researcher Dana Carney and colleagues found that two common personality traits reliably differentiated individuals with liberal or conservative identifications. Liberals reported greater openness, whereas conservatives reported higher conscientiousness. This means that liberals (at least in their own estimation) saw themselves as more creative, flexible, tolerant of ambiguity, and open to new ideas and experiences. Across the political personality divide, conservatives self-identified as more persistent, orderly, moralistic, and methodical. These personality differences were even reflected in the bedroom belongings and offices or workspaces of ideological undergrads, with liberal students collecting more CDs, books, movie tickets, and travel paraphernalia, as opposed to their conservative peers, who showed more sports décor, U.S. flags, cleaning supplies, calendars, and uncomfortable furniture. Lest you think that the partisan personality is a uniquely American phenomenon, similar findings on personality and political ideology have emerged in samples across the globe, from North America, Europe, and Australia.

Evidence suggests that these personality differences between liberals and conservatives begin to emerge at an early age. A 20-year longitudinal study by Jack and Jeanne Block showed that those who grew up to be liberals were originally assessed by their preschool teachers as more emotionally expressive, gregarious, and impulsive when compared to those who became conservatives, who were considered more inhibited, uncertain, and controlled. Liberals may show greater tolerance for diversity and creativity, but they may also be more impulsive, indecisive, and irresponsible. On the flip side, conservatives may be organized, stable, and thrifty, but also have stronger just-world beliefs (leading to a greater tolerance for inequality), and stronger fears of mortality and ambiguity. Even recent neuroscience work published in Current Biology from University College London identifies fundamental differences in the partisan brain. Brain scans revealed a larger amygdala in self-identified conservatives and a larger anterior cingulate cortex in liberals, leading the researchers to conclude that conservatives may be more acute at detecting threats around them, whereas liberals may be more adept at handling conflicting information and uncertainty.

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applegrove Aug 2012 OP
JPRG539 Aug 2012 #1
Scuba Aug 2012 #2
MissMarple Aug 2012 #5
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qwlauren35 Aug 2012 #4
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MissMarple Aug 2012 #6

Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 01:02 AM

1. The Fascinating Differences Between The Conservative and Liberal Personality

I'm sorry, I wan not aware Republicans genrally HAD a personality. Wow, I learn something new every day. I knew they had traits, like snakes, or other vermin, but personality? wow..did not know that !

Mark

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Response to JPRG539 (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 06:02 AM

2. +1 and welcome to DU.

Now, just what is the "collection industry"?

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 27, 2012, 04:17 PM

5. Probably bill collectors.

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Response to JPRG539 (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 27, 2012, 04:45 PM

8. You are describing the people who are controlling the gop and the dittoheads.

There are actually a lot of nice people who are republicans, and they have genuine concerns about the direction their party is being taken. Finding common ground with THEM is important.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 07:02 AM

3. I found this interesting...

"leading the researchers to conclude that conservatives may be more acute at detecting threats around them"

Conservatives think EVERYTHING around them is a threat, so logic would conclude that they are going to be right every once in a while. Hell, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 02:14 PM

4. This reminds me of Myers-Briggs.

P's (open ended) vs. J's (close ended)
N (intuitive/big picture) vs. S (detail oriented)

I wonder if there's a correlation.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 27, 2012, 04:41 PM

7. I think so. And check this guy out.

His TED talks are great. There is so much going on in this area, it is so exciting.

http://people.virginia.edu/~jdh6n/

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2012, 04:36 PM

6. Understanding why people have so many differences is imperative.

As qwlauren35 says, Meyers-Briggs helps us as well. Also, Jonathan Haidt, a moral psychologist, has a great deal to offer. His website has a lot of information, his TED talks are great. Understanding peoples' basic motivations and the different ways we view the world puts us all on the way to better communicating with each other. It helps us get past the demagogues and partisan ideologues.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind.html
http://people.virginia.edu/~jdh6n/

The author of the article ends with this:

"But if our partisan personalities are deeply rooted in our early development and wired in our brains, is honest and thoughtful consideration of our own biases and predeterminations enough, or even possible?" Haidt seems to think so. He seems to think that understanding differences and communicating with each other we can get along much better. He does except the psychopaths and sociopaths because they just don't care about getting along with others. And there may be more of them out there than many of us have thought.

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