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Conservative and Liberal Personality Types

In our now very polarized society, most of us can be characterized as “conservative” or “liberal” based solely upon our political views.  But are there other ways in which we might be characterized as “conservative” or “liberal”? Are there, for example, temperamental, developmental, biological, and situational factors that could be used to make these distinctions? And, if so, at what age do these distinctions begin to emerge? Are there personality differences that emerge very early in life that could explain the formation and maintenance of our current political views?

Join us as we discuss, NOT our specific conservative or liberal political views, but what factors might explain how we arrived at those views.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I learned a lot! Thank you Vernon! I always have to leave at 8 PM. Sorry.

    October 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't know if I am considered conservative or liberal. When asked, I always say I'm on the fence about too many issues yet before each election; then vote based on how the candidates lean on certain issues that are important to me. I would be interested in attending this session. Thank you for offering the opportunity.

    October 13, 2012

  • Joe H.

    Sounds great. I heard a man on CSPAN book club yrs ago who wrote about "beliefism". He said 22-23% of people are wired to follow a strong leader no matter how unworkable his stances are.. if they talk like a bad a$$ then "By God, I'm with him!" Ever since then I have looked the targeting strategies of the Republicans with this in mind... and it makes sense how they can get people to "believe" things that are totally false and that are totally not in their best interest. Beliefism seems to be more descriptive of what is going on than the Maternal/Paternal wiring we all have.. I guess I should shut up and just come to the meeting :)

    October 9, 2012

    • Justin

      I agree with people following a strong leader without hesitation. Many americans are blind to see who they really are standing behind as a leader.

      October 12, 2012

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