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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Whiny Conservatives, Confident Liberals

A study tracing 98 people from childhood through adulthood has found that those who were identified by their teachers and family as whiny children were much more likely to be conservatives, and those identified as confident and self-reliant were more likely to grow up to be liberals.

But the picture is not really that black and white. Read the article; it does a good job of exploring the variables that might cause such results.


  • At 10:15 AM, Blogger Sean said…

    My experience has shown this to be just the opposite. Just look at how much progressives whine and complain about their feelings being hurt by intolerance and insensitivity and bla bla bla bla blah.

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  • At 4:50 AM, Blogger Wang said…

    oh come on Sean, look at Columbia. Conservatives here all seem to go "wah wah wah wah wah, look at me, nobody listens to me, my speech is being repressed, people think i'm stupid, I am an underrepresented minority here, everyone is out to get me"

    Just look at that hack in the spec Kulawik. spare me.

    Then again liberals aren't much better. Most college kids whine about everything. I whine when i'm hungry.

  • At 10:00 PM, Blogger Sean said…

    I would agree with you at Columbia conservatives are the whiners. I guess its because of the overwhelming progressiveness of the environment. They can't handle it and they start to go stir crazy what with all that talk about so-called "evolution" or "global warming."

    Outside of Academia, though (you know, in the real world) the opposite seems to be the more prevalent stereotype.
    And lets just say many people in the Armed forces tend not to have a very high opinion of progressive liberals, given that they are spineless hacks who have no idea how to run a country.

    (of course I hold none of these views, and I find the whole idea of these particular stereotypes to be quite rediculously amusing).

  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger The Gentle Cricket said…

    I think conservatives, in the midst of liberals, will come across as whiners. At the same time, liberals in midst of conservatives will come across as whiners.

    I really don't think that either political affiliation is more apt to be "whiny"


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