Date: March 19, 2018
“A 2008 study published in the journal Science found that conservatives have a stronger physiological response to startling noises and graphic images. This adds to a growing body of research that indicates a hypersensitivity to threat—a hallmark of anxiety. But why exactly would those that scare more easily tend to support conservative views? One social psychologist from the University of Central Arkansas, Paul Nail, has a pretty interesting answer:
“Conservatism, apparently, helps to protect people against some of the natural difficulties of living. The fact is we don’t live in a completely safe world. Things can and do go wrong. But if I can impose this order on it by my worldview, I can keep my anxiety to a manageable level.” This could explain the two parties’ different stances on gun control. It only makes sense that those who startle more easily are also the ones that believe they need to own a gun.”
This aligns with my personal experience with extreme conservatives.
They’re all about making threats, and acting as if I’m some sort of a threat for being an openly speaking MAP.
The paranoia and fear is rampant.
…They display angst to an extreme, even where it is not rationally justified…constantly running around looking for things to be offended, and alarmed by…to spook everybody else in their clan with.