[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: Conservative and Liberal Wiring

Monday, September 10, 2007

Conservative and Liberal Wiring

Conservatives: ever wonder why it's virtually impossible to convince liberals that our view of the world is the right one?

Liberals: ever get frustrated trying to break down and explain complex concepts to simpletons like us neanderthal conservatives (John Kerry, are you out there?)?

Here may be the answer.

I read with interest this AFP article about how conservatives and liberals differ when it comes to how their brains process information and make choices. Basically, the two groups have different "wiring" which is pretty much something you're born with.

Being a big fan and believer in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (if you've never taken the test, you really ought to), the findings of the study come as little surprise. For those of you familiar with the Myers-Briggs lingo, SJs are conservatives (order, authority, structure, judgers), and NPs are liberals (intuitive perceivers). It should come as no surprise, then, that I'm a very strong SJ.

Of course, nothing is set in stone, and experiences can modify personalities and values over time. But the groundwork for our likely ideological and political orientations is in our genes.

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Blogger Habla said...

I had never heard of this test and find it extremely interesting. It's the first one of these tests where I actually pretty much agree with the answer. Thanks for the link.


INTP-4-Life

2:22 PM, September 10, 2007  
Blogger RaNee said...

Hi, I am a certified Myers Briggs facilitator. I don't think a persons political view is determined by their Myers Briggs personality type. The MB personality type describes how a person takes in information and then how they make a decision on the information but it does not determine what their opinion will be. I am a STRONG NP but I am NOT a liberal.

Myers Briggs Personality Type would just describe the internal process a person would go through to determine their political views and not what those political views end up being.

I think that a persons political views are influenced by their upbringing, religion, education, geographic location, and life experiences as much as anything.

6:31 PM, October 24, 2007  

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