Study Finds This Key Difference In Conservative Brains…


Date: March 19, 2018

01) Study Finds This Key Difference In Conservative Brains


“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.”

Citation:
Fear and Anxiety Drive Conservatives’ Political Attitudes

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.

2 thoughts on “Study Finds This Key Difference In Conservative Brains…

  1. Kser

    It’s interesting, but I’ve always wondered what the difference is with a liberal, left-wing, socialist brain, etc.

    But of course, they are not going to investigate, being conservative is considered a “problem” or a “mental mistake”, but not being socialist or any other leftist ideology that brings mostly misery and poverty.

    On the other hand, if they were to investigate, sure they would say that in their minds there is “more solidarity, more tolerance, more love”, already, of course…

    Maybe it’s psychopathy or sociopathy too? This is the only way to explain why someone can live with a clear conscience to support abortion. The fetus is not part of their “body” is another body that is neither hers nor can she decide for it. So only a psychopathic or sociopathic mind can see it as a reproductive right or “that we should sympathize with women who have abortions”, but not problem to keep a fetus alive while its brain is being removed as Planning Parenthood does.

    I propose another case that is not left and right: they are the ones who support eating animals, what kind of selfish monster is capable of devouring a piece of chicken that has just been slaughtered? is needed to cut the head off a cow to make an burger, seriously? in 2018 you have to do that? just to fill his stomach? Should we allow cannibalism? needing animal proteins is a lie already banished by the WHO, animals eat other animals because they are irrational, humans don’t, just like (decent people, at least) we don’t rape females of our species like animals do, so I think that those brains, like in abortion, can only be explained because they have their “differently connected” to those of more empathic or moral people people who respect the life and freedom of others.

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    1. eqfoundation Post author

      “being conservative is considered a “problem” or a ‘mental mistake…”

      I honestly would not go that far…Cenk was laughing it up, but in all seriousness…the question of how biology affects our outlook on life, is fascinating.

      People have different underlying things behind their motives, and worldview…It sheds a lot of light, if we can distinguish a biological predisposition towards, for example, “being triggered”.

      “On the other hand, if they were to investigate, sure they would say that in their minds there is “more solidarity, more tolerance, more love”, already, of course…”

      I think there is a demonstrable tendency towards broader inclusion, broader respect, and broader valuing of difference…broader tolerance…

      Conservatives seem to be much more tribal.

      “Maybe it’s psychopathy or sociopathy too? This is the only way to explain why someone can live with a clear conscience to support abortion.”

      Well…this is branching off into quite the direction…

      The question of sentience is important here, I think…When abortions occur, there is no way for the fetus to understand it even exists.

      I certainly don’t claim expertise on late term abortions…but endowing the notion of sentience upon fertile eggs, zygotes and the like, really pushes outside the boundaries of believability.

      I don’t see abortion as being some “be all” of evil…It’s an unfortunate necessity of life…and has been, for all of our recorded history.

      It serves a very necessary purpose.

      In addition…I’ve always thought it’s the ones of us who survive, who get dragged through the real hell…

      …In this world…abortion is almost mercy.

      “…what kind of selfish monster is capable of devouring a piece of chicken that has just been slaughtered?”

      Any animal that is carnivorous, is inclined by nature to eat a freshly slaughtered chicken…

      Humans, being such a type of animal, at least generally have enough compassion, to live by a code of quick death…as opposed to what happens to the “chicken” when it gets torn apart alive, by a pack of coyotes.

      I don’t believe in feeling shame, for being what nature has made us…whether that comes to nourishment, or sexual relationships.

      “…animals eat other animals because they are irrational…”

      The reason animals eat other animals, has to do with survival of the fittest, and the evolutionary way in which animal DNA made them. They have evolved to thrive off of this style of survival, by their ancestors progressively thriving off of it.

      Even if they developed deeper intellect…that doesn’t mean they could ever physically plant, tend and harvest a garden…They are exactly what nature [aka, their environment] has made them.

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