Very badly, according to this “study” about liberal vs. conservative dreams:
A dream researcher from John F. Kennedy University in California has discovered fundamental differences between the dream worlds of people on the ideological left and the ideological right.
Among his findings, Kelly Bulkeley discovered that liberals are more restless sleepers and have a higher number of bizarre, surreal dreams — including fantasy settings and a wide variety of sexual encounters. Conservatives’ dreams were, on average, far more mundane and focused on realistic people, situations and settings…
Liberals showed slightly higher levels of nightmares than conservatives — a statistic at odds with a similar dream study Mr. Bulkeley conducted in the late 1990s.
He said the ideology of the United States’ governing party may affect the dream patterns of Republicans and Democrats.
While conservatives deplored former president Bill Clinton’s reign in the 1990s, liberals are currently both furious and fearful of the Bush administration, he said.
“With the change from the Clinton to the Bush administrations, there are waking world reasons for liberals to be more concerned and stressed, and conservatives to be less concerned,” Mr. Bulkeley said.
“Dreams are like political cartoons of the mind — mental op-ed columns. Sometimes dreams reflect internal commentaries on the state of things.”
As in real life, it seems some liberals think President Bush and patriotism are greater threats than jihadists and terrorism:
The study includes some of the dreams recounted by liberals, such as the following nightmare: “I was at a presidential rally where George W. Bush was speaking. There was so much red, white and blue. Bush speaks: ‘There are those who say that we are giving up our civil liberties. But I say, we should be proud to sacrifice our freedoms for America!’ The crowd went wild, clapping, cheering and waving flags. I awoke in a cold sweat.”
The study also suggests that liberals have less of an ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy than conservatives:
Mr. Bulkeley said that the most surprising result in his study is that conservatives showed a higher tendency for lucid dreaming — being aware they were asleep. Conservatives largely reported using their “dream awareness” to wake themselves up from uncomfortable situations and nightmares, he said.
Overall, conservative males appear to sleep the most soundly and remember the fewest dreams, while liberal women are the most restless sleepers and fantastical dreamers.
Bulkeley’s conclusion looks like it could have come straight from Unhinged:
“While some of my colleagues think my research reinforces the stereotype of repressed, uptight conservatives, it also shows that many liberals may he hanging on the edge of mental well-being,” Mr. Bulkeley said. “There may be a lot of hidden distress and unpleasantness in the liberal mind.”
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What strikes me as disturbing is the recent trend in science “studies” to incorporate Liberal/Conservative as a subset in addition to the standard gender, age, sexual orientation, and race categories.
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