Some interesting food for thought. I stumbled across this in the NY Post. It gave me some insight into the liberal mindset, which I think might help me understand them a little.
The American Journal of Political Science published a correction this year saying that the 2012 paper has “an error” — and that liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, are actually linked to psychoticism.
“The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed,” the journal said in the startling correction.
“The descriptive analyses report that those higher in Eysenck’s psychoticism are more conservative, but they are actually more liberal; and where the original manuscript reports those higher in neuroticism and social desirability are more liberal, they are, in fact, more conservative.”
In the paper, psychoticism is associated with traits such as risk-taking, sensation-seeking, impulsivity and authoritarianism.
The journal said the error doesn’t change the main conclusions of the paper, which found that “personality traits do not cause people to develop political attitudes.”
But professor Steven Ludeke of the University of Southern Denmark, who pointed out the errors, told Retraction Watch that they “matter quite a lot.”
“The erroneous results represented some of the larger correlations between personality and politics ever reported; they were reported and interpreted, repeatedly, in the wrong direction,” he said.
This study links the liberal mindset with risk taking. These people are more likely to abandon security and cast themselves to the winds of fate. This can be both a pro and a con.
On the positive side, this means liberals by and large are willing to step out without security, which can lead to great things. On the flip side, however, failure means destruction with no safety net.
A personality trait defined by the search for experiences and feelings, that are “varied, novel, complex and intense”, and by the readiness to “take physical, social, legal, and financial risks for the sake of such experiences.”
Sensation-seeking can be divided into 4 traits:
- Thrill- and adventure-seeking: Desire for outdoor activities involving unusual sensations and risks, such as skydiving, scuba diving, high-speed driving and flying.
- Experience-seeking: Referring to new sensory or mental experiences through unconventional choices, also including psychedelic experience, social nonconformity and desire to associate with unconventional people.
Could explain the need to experience new things re: homosexuality, transgender, other sexual deviancies. Social nonconformity is not wanting to line up with established norms. Basically this all lines up with rebellion against authority.
- Disinhibition: Preference of “out of control” activities such as wild parties, drinking and illegal activities
Again, a proclivity to rebel. Also why most homosexuals seem to fit in the liberal mindset, since their lifestyle is high-risk from the get-go. Also shows why they seek acceptance for their behavior. In the liberal mind, everyone that is sane thinks that risk taking is normal, hence their unwillingness to accept that there are others who don’t take their approach (BURN THE HERITIC!!!)
- Boredom susceptibility: intolerance of repetition or boring people, and restlessness in such conditions.
Of course, to the liberal mind anything that is established as normal behavior is boring and the boundaries MUST be pushed.
Leaping before looking. Going off of emotion not reason. AIDS did not become a thing without impulsive behavior. Having a thought or emotion flash through your mind doesn’t mean you have to act on it, or even dwell on it. Just because a bird flies over your head doesn’t mean you have to let it build a nest.
A lack of self-control. Of course, self-control is an oppressive established cultural norm so it must be opposed. It’s boring.
Which all leads to the desire to tell everyone else how they should be living up to your ideals, because after all, you’re much smarter than those oafish conservatives. How dare they prefer the established pillars of Western civilization? They’re boring.
Totalitarianism has been left-wing, for the most part. Hitler? Socialist. Stalin? Communist. Mao? Commie. Pol Pot? Commie.
Just trust your betters, they said. We know what’s best for you, they said. Remember that social norms are oppressive, they said.
Food for thought.