Saturday, November 27, 2010
Does Your Personality Influence Who You Vote For?
ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2008) —
Does your personality influence who you vote for? The short answer is yes, according to John Mayer, professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire. As Americans go to the polls in record numbers to vote for the next U.S. president, some voters will crave social stability and others will crave social change. Liberals and conservatives divide according to these personality preferences.
Our votes are an expression not only of which candidates are best – the Republicans, Democrats, or those candidates of another party – but also of our own way of perceiving and thinking about the world and what is good or bad about it. Our personal perceptions and thoughts in this area (and others) have been shaped over time within our personalities,” Mayer says.
Personality is interior and private, with no direct access to the outside world (everything is filtered through the senses: one’s eyes, ears, touch, etc.). For that reason, each person creates a mental world that represents the real one to a greater or lesser degree. Mental models guide each person and how he or she perceives the world, including those social features he or she they prefers or abhors.
Certain personality characteristics generally influence whether a person is a liberal or a conservative.
- View social inequities and preferred groups as unjust and requiring reform.
- Prefer atheists, tattoos, foreign films and poetry.
- Endorse gay unions, welfare, universal health care, feminism and environmentalism.
- Exhibit creativity, which entails the capacity to see solutions to problems, and empathy toward others.
- Tolerate complexity and ambiguity.
- Are influenced by their work as judges, social workers, professors and other careers for which an appreciation of opposing points of view is required.
- Willing to defend current social inequities and preferred groups as justifiable or necessary.
- Prefer prayer, religious people and SUVs.
- Endorse the U.S. government, the military, the state they live in, big corporations and most Americans.
- Are more likely to be a first-born, who identify more with their parents, predisposing them to a greater investment in authority and a preference for conservatism.
- Have a fear of death, reflecting an enhanced need for security.
- Are conscientious – the ability to exert personal self-control to the effect of meeting one’s own and others’ demands, and maintaining personal coherence.
- Need simplicity, clarity and certainty.
Mayer has published more than 100 articles, chapters, books and psychological tests, including his most recent book, “Personality: A Systems Approach.” In 1990, Mayer and Peter Salovey of Yale University coined the term Emotional Intelligence and provided the first scientific research on the topic.
Editor's Note: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
From the Journal of Education Finance , Fall 2012 by Kern Alexander The story goes that tuition voucher schools and charter schools a...
by Robert Slater High-stakes tests and testing policies are now being reinforced with value-added teacher assessment. But gains in te...
B Y J A M I E R O B E R T V O L L M E R America’s public schools can be traced back to the year 1640. The Massachusetts Purit...
Local School Boards to Duncan: Back Off! by Diane Ravitch The U.S. Department of Education is not supposed to control U.S. education...
Reflections on a Half-Century of School Reform: Why Have We Fallen Short and Where Do We Go From Here?By Jack Jennings, President and CEO, Center on Education Policy When I studied history in college, I was impressed by those few individual...
by D iane Ravitch North Carolina is a plum market for the online for-profit charter industry. Today, the state board of education ...
b y JULIE UNDERWOOD (Editor's note: Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), global corporati...
Jack Hassard Source: The Art of Teaching Science Today, a committee in Georgia Senate will discuss the Parent...
Cartoons on Common Core Standards by Larry Cuban For this monthly* post of cartoons, I have selected images about the impending Commo...
ALEC is still at it, Julie Underwood, dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, cautions in “ School Boards...