[ via The Esoteric Science Resource Center ] The bulleted list of defining characteristics of a political conservative, as proposed by a group of UCal researchers, reads like the script from the Spanish Inquisition skit:
- Fear and aggression
- Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
- Uncertainty avoidance
- Need for cognitive closure
- Terror management
The researchers go on to say:
“For a variety of psychological reasons, then, right-wing populism may have more consistent appeal than left-wing populism, especially in times of potential crisis and instability,” he said.