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Cool study:  Apparently conservatives are more easily disgusted than liberals.

This make sense to me, at least from a personal point-of-view, because it takes a lot to gross me out.  :-)

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flippet
Jun. 5th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
That makes sense to me, too. Conservativism is about control, when you get right down to it. Things that are 'disgusting' have a less-than-controlled element to them, and I think that's kind of deeply (and even unconsciously) frightening to someone whose very nervous system has a need for control.


13_pines
Jun. 5th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I think you said it perfectly.
marymary
Jun. 5th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hey, piney, very interesting!

Honestly, at first glance, this result surprised me.

My first thought was of my most conservative friends. They are the ones who have told me the most disgusting stories I've ever heard. For example, last time one friend and her husband visited me, they were talking about their school-aged sons. The sons and their cousins spent the weekend at an uncle's house. When the mom went to pick them up, she drove onto the property and found them all atop a makeshift platform, from which they had been shooting small animals that wandered by, with pellet guns. Next to the platform was the pile of dead animals. The boys had blood all over their shirts. The mom rolled her eyes and laughed.

So, I thought, I don't contest the finding, but maybe my observation is because conservatives and liberals are disgusted by different kinds of things. I'm disgusted by capital punishment and killing innocent animals for sport; she's disgusted by men in short shorts and rainbow body paint. ;-)

But this makes a ton of sense:

Some conservatives think there is inherent wisdom in repugnance, that feeling disgusted about something — gay sex between consenting adults, for example — is cause enough to judge it wrong or immoral, even lacking a concrete reason, Pizarro explains. Liberals tend to disagree, and are more likely to base judgments on whether an action or a thing causes actual harm, he said.

In other words, conservatives tend to link disgust and moral judgment. So they let disgust guide their decisions to some extent. This makes me think that they embrace their disgust, moreso than liberals. If they value that emotion, they're more likely to report it. Liberals, on the other hand, distance themselves from disgust, putting it in its place (as less valid). And maybe report lower levels. See what I mean?


sorry for the edit. weird typo. :-)
gah!


Edited at 2009-06-05 06:22 pm (UTC)
13_pines
Jun. 5th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Hey, Mary!

I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this subject.

So, I thought, I don't contest the finding, but maybe my observation is because conservatives and liberals are disgusted by different kinds of things. I'm disgusted by capital punishment and killing innocent animals for sport; she's disgusted by men in short shorts and rainbow body paint.

I can completely relate to this, and coincidentally, your experience has been almost my exact experience! Because of where I live, the majority of my friends are conservative and the things that bother me (capital punishment, hunting, etc.) don't phase them one bit, but they don't see how I can support two people who love each other being together because they're both men (or women) and that's "wrong" and "disgusting."

It's amazing how different people can be.
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