ScientificAmerican.com: Conservatives superior to liberals in assessing threats....plus more orderly and self-disciplined.

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    Feb 23, 2016 12:03 AM GMT
    Psychological insights might tone down the bitter feuding between Democrats and Republicans

    BLUE STATE, red state. Big government, big business. Gay rights, fetal rights. The United States is riven by the politics of extremes. To paraphrase humor columnist Dave Barry, Republicans think of Democrats as godless, unpatriotic, Volvo-driving, France-loving, elitist latte guzzlers, whereas Democrats dismiss Republicans as ignorant, NASCAR-obsessed, gun-fondling religious fanatics. An exaggeration, for sure, but the reality is still pretty stark. Congress is in a perpetual stalemate because of the two parties' inability to find middle ground on practically anything.


    According to the experts who study political leanings, liberals and conservatives do not just see things differently. They are different—in their personalities and even their unconscious reactions to the world around them. For example, in a study published in January, a team led by psychologist Michael Dodd and political scientist John Hibbing of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln found that when viewing a collage of photographs, conservatives' eyes unconsciously lingered 15 percent longer on repellent images, such as car wrecks and excrement—suggesting that conservatives are more attuned than liberals to assessing potential threats.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/calling-truce-political-wars/






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    Feb 23, 2016 12:08 AM GMT
    Thanks. Once again you've convinced me. I'm switching to being a conservative.

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    Feb 23, 2016 12:15 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidThanks. Once again you've convinced me. I'm switching to being a conservative.


    Thanks for making a snarky comment, without reading the article. Liberal intolerance at work again.
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    Feb 23, 2016 2:54 AM GMT
    Worth a cut/paste as many will not read the article:

    "Haidt has a message for both sides. He wants the left to acknowledge that the right's emphasis on laws, institutions, customs and religion is valuable. Conservatives recognize that democracy is a huge achievement and that maintaining the social order requires imposing constraints on people.

    Liberal values, on the other hand, also serve important roles: ensuring that the rights of weaker members of society are respected; limiting the harmful effects, such as pollution, that corporations sometimes pass on to others; and fostering innovation by supporting diverse ideas and ways of life."