Study: Liberals Lack Self-Control


Study: Liberals Lack Self-Control

A recent study suggests that politically liberal individuals may be less skilled at self-control than conservatives.

Please understand that this does not mean that all liberals are comparatively weak in their ability to exercise self-control over their impulses and appetites. You should know that these findings are comprised of statistically derived, averaged findings. Also, there could be methodological problems with this study (sampling errors, for example) and the results may not be applicable to the whole population of Liberals.

Additionally, we can be certain that there are conservatives who are poor at self-control.

That being said, the findings certainly do confirm my personal experience and research into the practices of political liberals, especially the more extreme liberals who call themselves progressives. These individuals are often rank-socialists and communists who are attempting to hide the true nature of their political agendas; agendas that are perfectly antithetical to traditional American precepts, values and Constitutionally derived cultural practices.

It appears to me that most of the progressive/liberal political leaders, currently dedicated to “transforming America”,  believe in their own power to change the world though lies, deceptions, and various dishonest “revolutionary tactics”. Such behaviors have been observed throughout history. Therefore, progressive/liberals evidence behavior patterns that bear a strong resemblance to those individuals who are diagnosed as Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Please review the following list of psychological personality disorders and see what you think:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/personality-disorders/basics/symptoms/con-20030111

It appears to me that the general strategy of personality disordered progressive liberals is to prey upon liberal-minded constituents (voters}, who are often showing behavior patterns similar to those diagnosed with  psychological problems such as Dependent Personality Disorder, levels of depression, learned helplessness and substance abuse disorders, to name only a few such possibilities.

You may be interested in the following research-based example.

Depression and Learned helplessness

Main article: Learned helplessness

Learned helplessness was first found in animals when psychologists Martin Seligman and Steven F. Maier discovered that the classically conditioned dogs that got electrical shocks made no attempt to escape the situation. The dogs were placed in a box divided into two sections by a low barrier. Since one side of the box was electrified and the other was not, the dogs could easily avoid electrical shocks by hopping to the other side. However, the dogs just stayed in the electrified side, helpless to change the situation. [21] This learned helplessness also applies to human beings. People feel helpless when they feel powerless to change their situation. This happens when people attribute negative results to their internal, stable and global factors leading them to think they have no control over their situation. Making no attempt to avoid or better the situation will often exacerbate the situations that people are faced with, and may lead to clinical depression and related mental illnesses.[22]  

This quote was taken from the Wikipedia article which is referenced at the bottom of this blog.

Now, please consider the following research findings on Liberals and Self-Control:

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-study-conservatives-liberals-self-control-20150619-story.html

It is important to note that this study must be replicated to gain scientific credence (reliability and validity).

However, you should know that if this article is validated by future research, it will also be augmented by a very strong research literature on the topics of External and Internal Attributions. These ways of thinking are related to  an increased (or decreased) susceptibility to a variety of motivational problems, as well as mental disorders.

For a more extensive understanding of attribution theory and research you may study the following:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attribution_%28psychology%29

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

6/24/15

 

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