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Easily Startled People May Be More Politically Conservative
LiveScience ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2008 | Jeanna Bryner

Posted on 09/19/2008 10:34:48 AM PDT by james500

Fierce individualists, Americans figure that we choose our own political beliefs — but actually it could come down to biology.

Individuals who are more easily startled by threats are more likely than others to support protective policies, such as military spending, the Iraq War and the death penalty, finds a new study.

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The researchers measured levels of skin moisture as indicators of stress and anxiety for each participant as he or she looked at threatening images, including a large spider on the face of a frightened person, a dazed individual with a bloody face and an open wound with maggots in it.

Similarly, participants also viewed three non-threatening images (a bunny, a bowl of fruit and a happy child) placed within a series of other images.

The researchers also measured the intensity of the participants' eye blinks in response to sudden, jarring noises.

Harder blinks are linked with a heightened state of fear, the researchers say.

Participants who scored high on the skin and blinking stress tests also tended to support military spending, warrantless searches, death penalty, the Patriot Act, obedience, patriotism, the Iraq War, school prayer and the concept of Biblical truth.

They tended to oppose pacifism, immigration, gun control, foreign aid, compromise, premarital sex, gay marriage, abortion rights and pornography.

Those who were less startled by threatening images and noises were more likely to favor foreign aid, liberal immigration policies, pacifism and gun control.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: clueless; goebbelswouldbeproud; idiot; junkscience; propagandawingofdnc; pseudoscience; psychobabble; psychology; thebiglie; tinfoil
This study sounds real scientifical like. You're a conservative because you're frightened.

But looking closer at the description, I see that the images shown were of people in pain and the conservatives reacted more strongly negative than the lefties did. More concerned for fellow man?

1 posted on 09/19/2008 10:34:48 AM PDT by james500
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To: james500

Then how to explain the liberals’ assertion that Bush will take away all of our rights?

That is a fear.


2 posted on 09/19/2008 10:36:21 AM PDT by weegee (Obama's a uniter?"I want you to argue with them (friends,neighbors,Republicans) & get in their face")
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To: james500

actually, its called being “smart” let alone observant, perceptive, and responsible.....


3 posted on 09/19/2008 10:37:23 AM PDT by cherry
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To: james500

Sheeesh....don’t scare me like that (my heart is pounding!)


4 posted on 09/19/2008 10:37:40 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: james500

Oh! You scared me with that threat!

Where’s my gun!


5 posted on 09/19/2008 10:38:06 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Americans never quit!" Douglas MacArthur)
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To: james500
BOO!

-PJ

6 posted on 09/19/2008 10:38:20 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: james500
Conversely, dull witted individuals who wouldn't recognize a threat to their health, wealth and way of life if it jumped up & bit 'em on the arse are more likely to be politically liberal.

Sounds right to me.

7 posted on 09/19/2008 10:38:43 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: james500

Conservatives are more attuned to mortal threats while liberals would stay in play and die in harmony with their Mother Earth God.


8 posted on 09/19/2008 10:39:06 AM PDT by Harry Wurzbach
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To: james500
Republicans report much better mental health.
9 posted on 09/19/2008 10:39:09 AM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: james500

Conservatives are more attuned to mortal threats while liberals would stay in place and die in harmony with their Mother Earth God.


10 posted on 09/19/2008 10:39:17 AM PDT by Harry Wurzbach
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To: james500

Leftists worship the likes of Castro, Che, and Stalin. Their agenda transcends whatever human suffering it might cause.

Is this a legitimate political ideology, or just a garden-variety personality disorder?


11 posted on 09/19/2008 10:41:40 AM PDT by bornred
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To: james500

His definitions are upside down!

“more likely than others to support protective policies”

and then goes on to define “protective policies” as National Defense issue.

How about liberals liking “protective policies” such as SOCIALISM?


12 posted on 09/19/2008 10:41:54 AM PDT by G Larry ("Disgust" is a valid expression!-Vote Family Values!)
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To: james500

Recognizing threats is a survival instinct. Liberals, as a whole, tend not to have them at all or if they do, they get it backwards (like Bush is a threat, terrorists aren’t).


13 posted on 09/19/2008 10:42:23 AM PDT by KJC1
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To: james500
"Individuals who are more easily startled by threats are more likely than others to support protective policies, such as military spending, the Iraq War and the death penalty, finds a new study."

Well, not paying attention to threats, e.g., liberals, a person ends up like these morons who did not sense a threat.


14 posted on 09/19/2008 10:42:27 AM PDT by avacado
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To: james500

Well...the liberal participants were not even shown pictures of what ‘frightens’ them the most more than anything in the world...(Bush, Palin and Conservatives)..so the test is a not dependable measure of liberal fear.

LOL!


15 posted on 09/19/2008 10:44:00 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: james500
You bet, liberals frighten me!!
16 posted on 09/19/2008 10:44:05 AM PDT by Obadiah (I remember when the climate never changed, then Bush stole the election.)
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To: james500

bitter people.

This is as valid as phrenology


17 posted on 09/19/2008 10:45:05 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: james500
Those who were less startled by threatening images and noises were more likely to favor foreign aid, liberal immigration policies, pacifism and gun control.

Finish the though "were more supportive of pornography, premarital sex, gay marriage, and abortion."

Did they check them for THC? Which leads often to "What Me Worry?"

18 posted on 09/19/2008 10:47:00 AM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: james500

It could be like the movie Idiocracy, where the highly educated and intelligent people worry about the costs and timing of having kids and never do. Meanwhile drunken, unfaithful, stupid idiots are popping kids out like crazy.

Consequently the average intelligence of the nation declines at an alarming rate.


19 posted on 09/19/2008 10:47:19 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: james500

This article gets it TOTALLY BACKWARDS.

Conservatives are the individualists who are NOT afraid, and willing to fight.

Liberals are the fear based bunch who look to government to save them from everything.


20 posted on 09/19/2008 10:48:01 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: james500
Oh, you mean like paranoid?


21 posted on 09/19/2008 10:48:36 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Remembering the survivors of the 1990 Umbra Death March.)
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To: james500

“The researchers measured levels of skin moisture as indicators of stress and anxiety for each participant as he or she looked at threatening images, including a large spider on the face of a frightened person, a dazed individual with a bloody face and an open wound with maggots in it.”

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Yes, that would be disgustingly frightful to conservatives. Liberals would have kept the spider (PETA response), licked the blood and eat the maggots to save Mother Gaia.


22 posted on 09/19/2008 10:48:55 AM PDT by reaganixonbush
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To: james500

Figure out a way to quantify hoplophobia and then get back to me.


23 posted on 09/19/2008 10:49:42 AM PDT by magslinger (A politician who thinks he is above the law is actually beneath contempt.)
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To: james500

Then how come liberals are the ones who want the government to indemnify them against every scary thing they can possibly imagine?;)


24 posted on 09/19/2008 10:50:12 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: james500

runs contrary to my family...sorry. My mother is very easily startled...and she’s a whacko leftist. My father is pretty stoic and doesn’t ruffle easily....big conservative.


25 posted on 09/19/2008 10:50:37 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: james500
...Easily Startled People May Be More Politically Conservative..

No kidding...Almost always when I'm working at home involved in this or that on the laptop..

The phone rings and "HOLY CRAP!"

Makes me jump right out of my chair.

26 posted on 09/19/2008 10:57:26 AM PDT by SGCOS
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To: james500

In other news, women who eat 2 bananas a day make better housewives.


27 posted on 09/19/2008 10:58:56 AM PDT by Kevmo (Obama Birth Certificate is a Forgery. http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/certifigate/index?tab=articles)
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To: james500

Those who were less startled by threatening images and noises were more likely to favor foreign aid, liberal immigration policies, pacifism and gun control.

28 posted on 09/19/2008 10:59:53 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: james500
This study sounds real scientifical like. You're a conservative because you're frightened.

I think it's more likely you are frightened because you are conservative. This world is a dangerous place (noöne ever survives it): conservatives know this and are prepared to react to perceived dangers.

However many of the dangers have been contained. This has made it a safer place and allowed naive, trusting people to ignore these dangers and still survive.

This allows them to advance progressive views of Hope and Change and become the new danger. Thus the Great Wheel of Life continues.

29 posted on 09/19/2008 11:30:41 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Does anyone remember the olden days when the US presidential election was boring?)
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To: james500
This makes no sense at all. Most of the Dems/liberals I know are timid little p**sies.
30 posted on 09/19/2008 11:31:46 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Before spending any of your hard earned money, ask yourself "Am I funding liberalism?")
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To: james500
The researchers also measured the intensity of the participants' eye blinks in response to sudden, jarring noises.

Maybe the conservatives weren't stoned during the tests.

31 posted on 09/19/2008 11:32:49 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: james500
Let's say that their data is correct. Let's say that the correlation exists between their data and political beliefs.

That still doesn't mean that their interpretation bears any relationship to reality.

I have my own psuedoscientific theory about why liberals cannot be persuaded by facts and logic. They're butts.

32 posted on 09/19/2008 11:35:35 AM PDT by chesley (I'm still alive, still employed, & still married. Life is GOOD)
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To: james500

In the Soviet union, opponents of the regime were often declared insane, and put into asylums. Kommissar Obama and his minions are trying to do the same thing..


33 posted on 09/19/2008 11:36:30 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: james500

I seriesly doubt the results of this study.
Boo !


34 posted on 09/19/2008 11:41:08 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: cherry

A threat, be definition, expresses intent. Now we know what makes demmies unable to react to a threat. They do not see it as a threat—if you get my meaning. When someone threatens a dems life, they just yuk it up and look the other way. “Whoaaaa”, thinks the little demmie, “don’t want to deal with that. I think I’ll just look the other way. That’ll make it go away”.


35 posted on 09/19/2008 11:43:41 AM PDT by dools007
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To: james500

A guaranteed steaming pile.


36 posted on 09/19/2008 12:12:46 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn
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