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Psychologist Analyzes Liberals
Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 28, 2010 | James F. Davis

Posted on 06/28/2010 7:45:21 AM PDT by bs9021

Psychologist Analyzes Liberals

James F. Davis, June 28, 2010

Recently I attended a lecture explaining the “Liberal Mind” by PhD. psychologist, Timothy C. Daughtry. He gave his explanation as to how such a minority (30%) in the United States has been able to impose its politics on the majority. When using the word Liberal below we are talking about the political Liberal.

Liberals dominate our institutions, i.e., the schools, universities, media, arts, cinema, nonprofits, government bureaucracies, etc. Anyone challenging their monolithic views is ruthlessly attacked to be silenced.

Daughtry stated there are two types of liberals. First are the hard liners. He suggested one is wasting his time trying to convince them of anything since they will not or cannot think about their underlying contradictory assumptions, for example, their contradictory belief in equality for all and affirmative action, i.e., special preferences for a favored group.

If you try to discuss facts, they generally respond with personal insults, try to marginalize you by getting a group of like-minded individuals to condemn you, demonize you by suggesting you have dark motives, make you a laughingstock, etc. Sara Palin comes to mind. One can always tell who in the mainstream that Liberals are frightened of by the ferocity of their personal attacks.

The second type of liberal is the uninformed liberal. That person may listen and analyze factual information if you can get them away from their monolithic liberal group.

In his overview Daughtry explained that the liberal character is all about dominance and power. They use the rules and the goodness of their opposition against them. For example, most people do not like conflict....

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TOPICS: Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: conservative; harvard; liberal; liberalism; opinion

1 posted on 06/28/2010 7:45:30 AM PDT by bs9021
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To: bs9021
At least some are getting it.
2 posted on 06/28/2010 7:51:19 AM PDT by jnsun (The Left: the need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer.)
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To: jnsun

Here’s a GREAT column from a former life-long socialist in Berkeley...”Liberals Are from Mars, Conservatives Are from Earth” - By Robin of Berkeley

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/05/liberals_are_from_mars_conserv.html


3 posted on 06/28/2010 7:57:57 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: bs9021

“...since they WILL NOT or CANNOT think about their underlying contradictory assumptions...”

This is the point in a nutshell. Liberals have invested so much in their stance, that it is impossible for them to admit they’re wrong. They don’t have the emotional maturity to do so.


4 posted on 06/28/2010 7:59:50 AM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: bs9021
“Tell your son that the reason you were pulled over by a policeman was that black men constitute about 6% of the United States population and commit close to 45% of all aggravated assault. Therefore if a policeman pulls over a black man, he has about an 800% greater chance of stopping a criminal then pulling over an 80-year-old woman.” You should also tell your son that if he and the majority of black youth grow up like you did and have very responsible jobs, that racial profiling will disappear.”

Amazing answer.

5 posted on 06/28/2010 8:05:54 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Mortrey

Correct. Much of their personality is rooted in their perceived rectitude of their opinions, and the obtuseness of the rest of humanity in failing to recognize that rectitude.


6 posted on 06/28/2010 8:09:11 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: Mortrey
that it is impossible for them to admit they’re wrong

Yep. That's one of the big differentiators. Their views are not based on facts, they're based on dogma. "Global Warming" is an excellent example of this.

Conservatives have a few hang ups of their own. But, IMHO and in general, I think that conservatives are more fact-driven, and liberals are more emotion-driven.

And, I'd argue that's a good thing, until the balance between the two sides gets too far out of whack....which is where we are right now.

7 posted on 06/28/2010 8:09:55 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill
Conservatives have a few hang ups of their own.

The so-called 'war on drugs' comes to mind. Conservatives normally make arguments based on facts, but the Drug Warrior crowd that self-identifies as 'conservative' always falls back on emotional arguments to justify tyrannical overreach in the name of the WOD (ie. 'if just one child can be saved' yadda yadda yadda).

8 posted on 06/28/2010 8:16:13 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: GOP Golfer

great article and links in posts.


9 posted on 06/28/2010 8:23:38 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: bs9021
The reason liberalism thrives is that it gives expression to society's misgivings about itself. Lots of people have reservations about capitalism and feel that it really is too Darwinian and has the power to corrupt the society through unchecked consumerism and greed. Even many conservatives feel this way. Lots of people, including conservatives, worry about spoiling the environment. Lots of people worry about the poor and the downtrodden and the disadvantaged. Even regarding religion, lots of people see hypocrisy in religious people and their leaders. Even some conservatives do.

Liberalism gives passionate, angry expression to all of these and proposes solutions that are irrational and vengeance seeking, which appeals to a lot of people. Liberalism is like a surreal dream where nothing makes sense but everything is compelling. Liberalism takes legitimate concerns and moral feelings, and then goes too far. Liberalism is moral anxiety untempered by wisdom.

10 posted on 06/28/2010 8:32:28 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: bassmaner
Yep, good example. In general I agree with you, but my only negative comment is that people aren't mugging little old ladies to buy Happy Meals. Meth heads do just that to get their fix, every day.

The question is more one of, "Where do you draw the line?", IMHO. Is a little pot on the weekend OK? What about heroin or coke? What about the middle aged housewife who has a friendly doctor write a scrip for a few extra pills of OxyContin? Is it OK if it's just for her own use, or is it OK if she gives a few to a friend? What if she sells them?

Then, once a "line" has been determined, how is it enforced? Do you cut off the source? Or do you go after the demand? Right now, we're trying to do both, and accomplishing neither.

Or, do you say "All rightee....anything goes. Sell it all and tax the hell out of it!" I dunno. Society has dug ourselves so deep that I don't think there's a good answer to any of it.

11 posted on 06/28/2010 8:48:11 AM PDT by wbill
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To: bassmaner
OH and BTW, you're absolutely right on the "If one child can be saved" argument.

I think that it's entirely possible that America will become a tyrannical state, and it will all be done incrementally "For the Children".

12 posted on 06/28/2010 8:50:04 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Yardstick

Liberalism is chaos. I recall in college when the Black Student Union took over our Admin. building for a week. It totally disrupted classes and did absolutely nothing but prevent kids from going to school. This is what I see happening now with Obama. He’s disrupting our lives and creating chaos. You cannot run a great country like America based on outdated principles of radical 60’s socialism. OBAMA IS CHAOS!!!


13 posted on 06/28/2010 8:59:14 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: bassmaner

It’s possible to oppose drug legalization and still oppose the war on drugs.

I support laws against recreational drug abuse. But I don’t support no-knock warrants, seizure of assets, or the presumption of guilt.


14 posted on 06/28/2010 9:03:17 AM PDT by Persevero (The Second American Revolution, “THE GREAT FLUSH”, starts Nov. 2, 2010)
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To: bs9021

Bump for later


15 posted on 06/28/2010 9:04:50 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Yardstick

Also, some conservatives become hypocritical when they have to be responsible, personally.

I have a friend who opposes welfare, social spending, government subsidies, supposedly.

When his dad got sick he went to great lengths to hide his asssets, so they could get MediCare or what have you to cover his permanent placement in a nursing home. He complained about how you had to get the house and the car and the money market funds all switched to other people’s names for a certain length of time before you could “collect.”

So our tax dollars go for the permanent care of a man in a nursing home who could have paid for several months if not years of that care by himself.

Basically, it’s just hypocrisy. There is a lack of principle there in my opinion.


16 posted on 06/28/2010 9:07:05 AM PDT by Persevero (The Second American Revolution, “THE GREAT FLUSH”, starts Nov. 2, 2010)
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To: bs9021

Enough said:

http://www.amazon.com/Liberalism-Mental-Disorder-Savage-Solutions/dp/1595550062


17 posted on 06/28/2010 9:15:14 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Good ("A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." - Sigmund Freud)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
“Tell your son that the reason you were pulled over by a policeman was that black men constitute about 6% of the United States population and commit close to 45% of all aggravated assault. Therefore if a policeman pulls over a black man, he has about an 800% greater chance of stopping a criminal then pulling over an 80-year-old woman.” You should also tell your son that if he and the majority of black youth grow up like you did and have very responsible jobs, that racial profiling will disappear.”

I simply have to call BS on this. There is no way he said this. If he did, the man is a hero, seriously. Or crazy, or both! Wow...

18 posted on 06/28/2010 9:50:10 AM PDT by Paradox (Socialism - trickle up poverty.)
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To: wbill
"Global Warming" is an excellent example of this.

This goes both ways, however. This issue has become so politicized, that the facts don't seem to matter to either side. Evolution, the same thing.. sigh...

19 posted on 06/28/2010 9:52:50 AM PDT by Paradox (Socialism - trickle up poverty.)
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To: bs9021
Liberal tactics are about breaking the rules, causing a ruckus, polarizing, playing the victim, playing one group off another, dividing and conquering.  

Postmodernist liberals approach to restructuring society calls for”challenging power on a day-to-day level.” Lyotard suggests we “gnaw away at the great institutionalized narrative apparatuses... by increasing the number of disruptive skirmishes that take place on the sidelines." Such as:

pick a quarrel with your conservative neighbor;
refuse to buy a certain brand of condensed milk;
surf the net at work;
deface billboards;
sell pirated copies of CDs;
buy fake designer labels;
celebrate fragmentation, diversity, and deviancy;
teach a “safe sex” course in church or school;
turn vices into virtues;
make the abnormal normal;
legalize sodomy;
decriminalize marijuana;
legalize same-sex marriage;
praise the concept of a “living” Constitution;
subscribe to MTV;
attend art exhibits by Andy Warhol, a Madonna concert, a performance of the V-Monologues;
view X-rated movies;
protest Christian prayer in government schools;
support the A.C. L.U;
defend NAMBLA;
label Christians and conservatives as right-wing religious fanatics or Fascists;
support the Green Party;
protest “under God”in the Pledge;
remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. money;
support all tax increases;
publicly burn your fur coat;
drink French wine;
help an illegal alien across the border;
keep Intelligent Design out of the schools;
join the anti-globilization protests;>

These can all be viewed as valuable as disruptive skirmishes in the social system by postmodernist liberals.

20 posted on 06/28/2010 10:06:31 AM PDT by mjp (pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, independence, limited government, capitalism})
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

that kind of event wen I was in college was one of the things that woke me out of liberalism.


21 posted on 06/28/2010 12:55:08 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Persevero

I had a boss who was the same way.

The disgusting part is that he had FOUR brothers who could have shared the load.


22 posted on 06/28/2010 1:15:14 PM PDT by jimt
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To: bs9021
Good thread and thanks for posting.

There is indeed some hypocrisy among conservatives, as evidenced some on FR, and that we all practice in some ways. For my money conservatism is rationally assuming, and insisting on, personal responsibility to the most comprehensive levels, e.g. behavior, respect for others, health care, retirement, blah, blah.

In that light Leftism is clearly exposed.

The drug thing is a nice issue for discussing such.

23 posted on 06/28/2010 6:06:01 PM PDT by jnsun (The Left: the need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer.)
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