There’s a serious scientific explanation for the way right-wingers think
An academic paper recently published in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences deals with efforts to distinguish differences in the psychological and physiological traits of liberals and conservatives.
The paper deals in part with what the authors call a “negativity bias” among conservatives in the face of perceived threats.
HERE‘s an excerpt from a long article about the matter in Salon:
Conservative fears of nonexistent or overblown boogeymen — Saddam’s WMD, Shariah law, voter fraud, Obama’s radical anti-colonial mind-set, Benghazi, etc. — make it hard not to see conservatism’s prudent risk avoidance as having morphed into a state of near permanent paranoia, especially fueled by recurrent “moral panics,” a sociological phenomenon in which a group of “social entrepreneurs” whips up hysterical fears over a group of relatively powerless “folk devils” who are supposedly threatening the whole social order. Given that conservatism seems to be part of human nature — just as liberalism is — we’re going to need all the help we can get in figuring out how to live with it, without being dominated, controlled and crippled by it.