Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I don't know if this is true but it's truly funny!

It seems that Les over at Stupid Evil Bastard found an interesting longitudinal study discussed in the Toronto Star about whiny kids. Apparently they grow up to be conservatives. From the Star article:
Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.

At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals.

Later in the article there is discussion of earlier longitudinal studies regarding correlations between personality characteristics and political inclinations. Here's what it says:
Similar work by John T. Jost of Stanford and colleagues in 2003 drew a political backlash. The researchers reviewed 44 years worth of studies into the psychology of conservatism, and concluded that people who are dogmatic, fearful, intolerant of ambiguity and uncertainty, and who crave order and structure are more likely to gravitate to conservatism.

You know, I can't say that I'm entirely surprised. Though, I can say that I'm laughing my ass off at all my conservative friends out there.


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