A few days ago, I was catching up on my reading when I discovered a paper on political conservatism and personality traits. I haven’t been able to wade through the paper myself yet, but according to the article where I discovered it, it reports “that overall, political conservatism was associated with things like death anxiety, fear of threat and loss, intolerance of uncertainty, a lack of openness to experience, and a need for order, structure, and closure.”
I already knew that it was related to fear and anxiety, but that’s more specific and possibly useful information.
I’d been feeling somewhat sorry for conservative people already, but this makes them even more pitiable. A person who can’t stand uncertainty is doomed to go through life in a near-constant state of panic, because no matter how careful you are, life is full of uncertainty.
Of course, feeling sorry for conservatives doesn’t mean that I’ll tolerate them governing me. 🙂 I’m neither Democrat nor Republican, but I’m certainly a lot closer to liberal than conservative.