Study finds a statistically significant relationship (p < .0001) between anxiety/depression and liberalism. NY Times readers show the worst symptoms.

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    Jan 30, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    Anxiety, Depression, and Goal-Seeking in Conservatives, Liberals, and Moderates

    http://neuropolitics.org/Anxiety-Depression-and-Goal-Seeking-in-Conservatives-Liberals-Moderates.htm
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    Jan 30, 2014 2:10 AM GMT
    No surprise. Liberals tend to seethe world as a complex mix of diverse issues, possibilities, etc. This can be stressful. Conservatives tend to see a black-and-white universe and believe in the One True Answer - much easier, if somewhat less connected with reality.
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    Jan 30, 2014 2:22 AM GMT
    tazzari saidNo surprise. Liberals tend to seethe world as a complex mix of diverse issues, possibilities, etc. This can be stressful. Conservatives tend to see a black-and-white universe and believe in the One True Answer - much easier, if somewhat less connected with reality.

    The survey deals with "what", leaving the "why" unanswered. I don't believe your interpretation is accurate because of the conservatives that I have read and talked to, there is a significant diversity on many issues. I don't see "One True Answer" as you described. I think one explanation or part of an explanation pertains to the higher level of goal seeking found among conservatives. I have observed people with goals much more focused and grounded, and less likely to flail around.
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    Jan 30, 2014 2:24 AM GMT
    Conservatives are climate change deniers who blame bad weather on gay sex. Of course they have nothing to be stressed out about.icon_confused.gif
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    HottJoe saidConservatives are climate change deniers who blame bad weather on gay sex. Of course they have nothing to be stressed out about.icon_confused.gif

    Applying that same logic the liberals don't worry about debt and generational theft.
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    Jan 30, 2014 2:31 AM GMT
    I think one explanation or part of an explanation pertains to the higher level of goal seeking found among conservatives. I have observed people with goals much more focused and grounded, and less likely to flail around.

    I suppose that depends on who you know. My liberal friends tend to be high-level engineers, high-level civil service, high-level clergy, fast-rising programers, Olympic- and national-level athletes... All fairly centered and goal-oriented, successful, and able to see several possibilities in most issues. My conservative friends (admittedly rather fewer)tend to be dogmatic and deeply religious, and much less adventuresome.
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    tazzari saidI think one explanation or part of an explanation pertains to the higher level of goal seeking found among conservatives. I have observed people with goals much more focused and grounded, and less likely to flail around.

    I suppose that depends on who you know. My liberal friends tend to be high-level engineers, high-level civil service, high-level clergy, fast-rising programers, Olympic- and national-level athletes... All fairly centered and goal-oriented, successful, and able to see several possibilities in most issues. My conservative friends (admittedly rather fewer)tend to be dogmatic and deeply religious, and much less adventuresome.

    Agree. When dealing with specific subsets things can be very different.
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    Feb 01, 2014 2:26 AM GMT
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    tazzari saidI think one explanation or part of an explanation pertains to the higher level of goal seeking found among conservatives. I have observed people with goals much more focused and grounded, and less likely to flail around.

    I suppose that depends on who you know. My liberal friends tend to be high-level engineers, high-level civil service, high-level clergy, fast-rising programers, Olympic- and national-level athletes... All fairly centered and goal-oriented, successful, and able to see several possibilities in most issues. My conservative friends (admittedly rather fewer)tend to be dogmatic and deeply religious, and much less adventuresome.

    Agree. When dealing with specific subsets things can be very different.

    Just a further comment. While the subset of liberals that you know and that I know are different from what is characterized by this study, several of the liberals who post here are very consistent with the results of the study.
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    HottJoe saidConservatives are climate change deniers who blame bad weather on gay sex. Of course they have nothing to be stressed out about.icon_confused.gif


    All conservatives Joe? 50%? 10%? 90%? What's the source of your "information" Joe?

    Oh, and did you sign up for an Obamacare policy Joe? You do know that the success of Obamacare depends on people just like you to sign up (young and presumably healthy). Or are you just a whole lot of talk and no action?
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    Jun 07, 2015 2:45 AM GMT
    Needs a bump. LOL
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    socalfitness saidNeeds a bump. LOL

    Yes, as our New York Times subscriptions salesman, a.k.a. the "Woodsmen" is busy tonight.

    I guess it helps him take his mind off his other issues.
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    socalfitness said
    southbeach1500 said
    socalfitness saidNeeds a bump. LOL

    Yes, as our New York Times subscriptions salesman, a.k.a. the "Woodsmen" is busy tonight.

    I guess it helps him take his mind off his other issues.

    He appears to be stuck in some kind of bot-loop, deleting, reposting, deleting, reposting. Wonder what he's up to?

    It's symptomatic of his psychological disorder. Maybe he skipped his meds.
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    Jun 07, 2015 4:28 AM GMT


    tazzari saidNo surprise. Liberals tend to seethe world as a complex mix of diverse issues, possibilities, etc. This can be stressful. Conservatives tend to see a black-and-white universe and believe in the One True Answer - much easier, if somewhat less connected with reality.


    WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

    LOL! Your own description of conservatives as tending to see a black-and-white universe undermines your entire premise. You are doing EXACTLY what you're accusing conservatives of! You're painting a black and white universe to fit your mantra. That's hilarious example of hypocrisy!

    No. Back on topic... The relationship between liberalism and mental health issues not new. If you search you'll probably find documents on this going back more than 18 years with the US military, specifically from the USMC and Navy when they began studies on suicides in the armed forces. There's a consistent pattern to them. Liberal individual meets reality and cannot reconcile his preexisting political beliefs with the reality with which he is confronted.

    In other words, liberal enlisted and junior officers experience a conflict between their core beliefs in liberalism and reality. They cannot reconcile their beliefs in liberal dogma with reality. That is where a great deal of mental health problems like depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts originate. The conflict between "what I believe to be true" and "what I know and have seen to be true."

    Contrary to liberal mantra and doctrine, reality is not a subjective or relative experience. Reality comes in one size onlyand if it doesn't fit you, that's your problem.

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    WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!


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    Jun 07, 2015 12:19 PM GMT


    In the meantime the Fumb Ducker above could have utilize the the same amount of time to search the internet for something relevant to post.
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    bobbobbob said

    In the meantime the Fumb Ducker above could have utilize the the same amount of time to search the internet for something relevant to post.


    Something like this perhaps:

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    Jun 07, 2015 10:25 PM GMT


    SoCal, this is one of the most interesting studies I've read in quite a while