Wednesday, March 22

I was suspicious at first....

But I believe it now:

Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative[...]

A study of more than 100 children- turned- adults has been published in the Journal of Research Into Personality a la UC Berkeley. And boy, I am not suprised:

[...]At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals.

The whiny kids tended to grow up conservative, and turned into rigid young adults who hewed closely to traditional gender roles and were uncomfortable with ambiguity. The confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests. The girls were still outgoing, but the young men tended to turn a little introspective.

Political alignment, being a social construct created by man, is a learned attitude (nuture, if you will, as opposed to biological, or nature). Understanding that, I should say thanks mom and dad. I appreciate it.

The piece is relatively short and a good read. So take a couple of minutes and check it out.


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