Conservatives and liberals differ on more than just political issues. We differ in thinking patterns related to our views.
Conservatives’ thought patterns are based on fear and anxiety. In a 2012 study, conservatives and liberals were shown collages of good and bad images, and their eye movements were recorded. Conservatives were more likely to pick the bad images.
— Janrain (@Janrain) December 20, 2016
It fits with the rhetoric they preach. Fox News is full of it. They spread hate and fear and make their followers think that the country is going to fall apart. They spout these theories as fact.
One social psychologist from the University of Central Arkansas, Paul Nail, said:
“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.”
Other studies have even found that our brains are structured differently. This might explain why it’s so difficult to get people to switch sides on issues.
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