reply to post by CREAM
There are many generalizations listed in that study. The generalization that "liberals are messier than conservatives" does not hold true in my own
personal experience of it, as I am very conservative politically speaking and far messier than any liberal friends I have. I live in Los Angeles so
finding like minded conservatives, politically speaking, is hard to do, but I do have a few, and when we all are hanging out together, the few
conservatives, with a bunch of liberals, it is our experience that we have to bite our tongues quite often, and in fact, when this Berkeley study,
(Hardly a politically neutral institution), claims that; conservative at age 23 had been described by their teachers as easily victimized, easily
offended, indecisive, fearful, rigid, inhibited, and vulnerable at age 3", what is interesting is that myself and my conservative friends observe
that our liberal friends today as adults are easily offended, easily victimized, indecisive, fearful, rigid, although not so inhibited, but always
Of course, that too is a generalization, and my "liberal" friends are my friends who possess many attributes and can be every bit as tough and
resilient as any conservative I know. Further, when having political debates, it has become an observation of mine, that "liberals", at least the
ones who identify themselves as such, are pretty darn dogmatic about their ideology, and are so steadfastly defensive of government programs that have
no been in place since The New Deal, that they are clearly arguing for the conservation of these programs, which for all intents and purposes,
represent the status quo.
Even further, the friends of whom I call conservative, and identify themselves as such, are so because they take a strict view of the Constitution,
and this is what they are conserving. Conservatives, after all, conserve, and as far as Constitutional conservatives go, they are conservative
because there are far too many taking a way to liberal view of that Constitution. Thus, when Republicans are often referred to as "conservatives",
I and my conservative friends wonder which Republicans they are referring to, outside of Ron Paul?
The biggest problem with this study is that it is defining "conservatism" based upon the bias of those who conducted the study. It is clear that
those who have conducted the study readily equate Republican Party members with "conservatism", and as far as generalizations go, I would agree that
Republicans are; more likely to be religious, more likely to favor country music, but many of the other findings of this study readily explain why
many of my liberal friends have a hard time believing I am a conservative. Out of all my friends, none have more books than I, and the variety of
books I have and have read rival both my liberal and conservative friends. My favorite book of all time is Les Miserables which was written by a well
While I know a few liberals, including in this site, who are are higher on openness, which includes intellectual curiosity, than some conservatives I
know, I also know many liberals, including in this site who are nowhere near open to ideas that aren't theirs, and their intellectual curiosity
extends as far as loaded questions. The assertion by the study done in 2003 that conservatives ave a greater desire to reach a decision quickly and
stick to it can only hold true if the decision being made is easily made based upon their understanding of the circumstances, but if any decision must
be made regarding circumstances where the outcome is not so easily predicted, by definition, a conservative would be slower to make any decision.
In the end, the conclusions reached in these studies has as much to do with the perception of what liberal and conservative is, and that perception
seems to be a fairly limited one, in fact the kind of view or perception one would expect from a Berkeley or New York Liberal, which is just another
generalization. Whatever methodology was used to reach the conclusions in this study, that a clear and present bias regarding what a liberal and
conservative is, seems obvious. Perhaps these psychologists are highly specialized psychologists are limited in their understanding of political
science, and as such, their study becomes suspect. It is one thing to reach conclusions regarding behavior in general, and another thing entirely to
generalize behavior based upon political beliefs.