HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Retired » Retired Forums » 2016 Postmortem (Forum) » Donald Trump is incapable... » Reply #23

Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Thu Sep 29, 2016, 11:35 AM

23. I believe the actual problem is his lack of formal operational thought.

Going back to college psych class, Piaget discussed development in terms of states of processing and thinking about the world. Approximately 50% of adults never fully gain the ability to process complex, abstract concepts (formal operational thought), but remain in a stage where concrete thinking dominates their way of looking at the world. It is easier for these people to see things in 'black and white' because nuance often does not allow them to feel that they have a complete understanding.

I have often thought that many lower socio-economic repubs were concrete thinkers, because they are easily swayed by politicians who offer them a world in black and white (or good and bad). But, usually the candidates are not in this category, they just use these tactics to reach the large amount of people who are susceptible to it, while putting forth their more complex economic agendas to the wealthy party members who by themselves do not have the numbers to allow a party to be viable...and who have a very different agenda from what is publically presented.

The difference here is that Trump is one of the concrete thinkers. This is why so many of the party elites have rejected him, and why he can connect so well to the larger repub base.

And why he would be so dangerous in a job that requires complex, abstract thinking.

Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 37 replies Author Time Post
MineralMan Sep 2016 OP
BSdetect Sep 2016 #1
MineralMan Sep 2016 #5
Madam45for2923 Sep 2016 #8
MoonRiver Sep 2016 #18
Hortensis Sep 2016 #20
PearliePoo2 Sep 2016 #2
Plucketeer Sep 2016 #27
Madam45for2923 Sep 2016 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 2016 #4
MineralMan Sep 2016 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 2016 #21
WiffenPoof Sep 2016 #33
nruthie Sep 2016 #11
GetRidOfThem Sep 2016 #17
Coyotl Sep 2016 #6
AnotherMother4Peace Sep 2016 #13
lark Sep 2016 #31
Jade Fox Sep 2016 #9
vlyons Sep 2016 #10
MineralMan Sep 2016 #15
Cosmocat Sep 2016 #12
MineralMan Sep 2016 #16
Snarkoleptic Sep 2016 #14
world wide wally Sep 2016 #19
Thinkingabout Sep 2016 #30
Sunlei Sep 2016 #22
LineReply I believe the actual problem is his lack of formal operational thought.
unitedwethrive Sep 2016 #23
lunatica Sep 2016 #26
WiffenPoof Sep 2016 #34
raccoon Sep 2016 #37
Blue Idaho Sep 2016 #24
lunatica Sep 2016 #25
Peacetrain Sep 2016 #28
apnu Sep 2016 #29
certainot Sep 2016 #32
Blue Owl Sep 2016 #35
greatauntoftriplets Sep 2016 #36
Please login to view edit histories.