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Monday, March 20, 2006

Department of duh, redux

Introspective, check.

The whiny kids tended to grow up conservative, and turned into rigid young adults who hewed closely to traditional gender roles and were uncomfortable with ambiguity.

The confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests. The girls were still outgoing, but the young men tended to turn a little introspective.
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.

Earlier work in the department-of-duh series.


  • At 3:06 PM, Anonymous emma.g said…

    No matter how silly this study is, it is a welcome antidote to studies claiming that conservative housewives are happier than liberal housewives (or liberal working wives, for that matter), which Megan O'Rourke happily discussed in Slate last week. (Sorry, I am living in 1994 and don't know how to make the link live: http://www.slate.com/id/2137537)

    Like women need more propaganda telling us to just stay home and raise children, and stop making so many unreasonable demands on society to change. At least we can be confident and outgoing, if not happy!

  • At 4:56 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Heh, yeah, little lady, don't you think the world would be a whole lot more peaceful if you stopped yer women's lib jibber-jabbering and catered 2 me?

    In terms of that study, it's a real shame it was conducted in Berkeley, because that's how people are going to dismiss it out of hand, when I bet the results would have obtained in a sample from the heartland, as well.


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