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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-16-08 08:05 AM
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Political Science: What Being Neat or Messy Says about Political Leanings
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Edited on Thu Oct-16-08 08:28 AM by trotsky
According to a controversial new study, set to be published in The Journal of Political Psychology, the bedrooms and offices of liberals, who are generally thought of as open, tend to be colorful and awash in books about travel, ethnicity, feminism and music, along with music CDs covering folk, classic and modern rock, as well as art supplies, movie tickets and travel memorabilia.

Conservatives, on the other hand, tend to surround themselves with calendars, postage stamps, laundry baskets, irons and sewing materials in their personal spaces, according to the study. Their bedrooms and offices are well-lighted and decorated with sports paraphernalia and flagsespecially American ones.


"It's pleasurable for liberals to think more. They gravitate toward art, to things that are not as concrete," says Carney. "Conservatives have a need for order, for there not to be ambiguity. There you see that expressed by being more orderly, having more cleaning supplies, needing to have everything lined up and organized so that one feels one's environment is predictable and therefore safe."

More at Scientific American...

While there are certainly some exceptions I've seen, this does seem to nail a pattern.
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  -Political Science: What Being Neat or Messy Says about Political Leanings trotsky  Oct-16-08 08:05 AM   #0 
  - Interesting. Your link needs attending to, however.  amyrose2712   Oct-16-08 08:08 AM   #1 
  - D'oh!  trotsky   Oct-16-08 08:29 AM   #6 
     - lol nt  amyrose2712   Oct-16-08 09:03 AM   #11 
  - reminds me of an old boss.  stoge18   Oct-16-08 08:13 AM   #2 
  - working link  hobbit709   Oct-16-08 08:16 AM   #3 
  - Finally, an explanation for what my kitchen table looks like!  atommom   Oct-16-08 08:21 AM   #4 
  - Well, I've always been messy, so it fits. nt  raccoon   Oct-16-08 08:24 AM   #5 
  - Thanks!!  Solly Mack   Oct-16-08 08:32 AM   #7 
  - meh. Trotsky you know I'm not a big fan of studies like these  turtlensue   Oct-16-08 08:32 AM   #8 
  - Oh definitely.  trotsky   Oct-16-08 08:41 AM   #10 
  - It's a cliche, and probably has truth like some cliches do.  riverdeep   Oct-16-08 08:35 AM   #9 
  - I would say office clutter has more to do with workload and type of job  IAmJacksSmirkingRevenge   Oct-16-08 09:05 AM   #12 
  - I'm a musician.  Iggo   Oct-16-08 09:15 AM   #13 

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