Reader H.J.T. has kindly sent me the full, 16-page “whiny kids grow up to be conservatives” study in PDF format.
Click here to download and read the entire document.
Update: Removed for copyright
Dr. Helen: The Politicization of Psychology Continues
Helen and Glenn’s recent podcast explores this very topic with Dr. Nicholas Cummings, a past President of the American Psychological Association and author of a book on the injection of politics into mental health in general, and the American Psychological Association in particular. Check it out.
In 2003, another Berkeley study, led by John T. Jost, reviewed four decades of research of conservatism and found that conservatives tended to be fear-driven dogmatists, terrified by ambiguity. The study linked Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. The findings were hardly surprising since they basically recapped the branch of “scholarship” launched by Adorno.
Yet another Berkeley professor, George Lakoff, has convinced leading Democrats that psychology is the best way to tackle politics. People see things through “frames,” according to Lakoff, and if Democrats could simply recast those frames in their favor, conservatives would see the light. Howard Dean calls Lakoff “one of the most influential political thinkers of the progressive movement.”
Perhaps the more revealing psychological insight can be found in the fact that so many liberals think disagreeing with them is a form of psychosis.
Coalition of the Swilling: “Somehow I Don’t Think That Kids In Daycare In Berkeley are indicative of the general population…”
It would seem that there is a limited amount of whiny childishness that each person expends in a lifetime. Conservatives use theirs up as children while liberals get older and then become whiny children.
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