In Personality Change Key to Improving Wellbeing Dr Chris Boyce says that, "...personalities can and do change over time -- something that was considered improbable until now -- and that these personality changes are strongly related to changes in our wellbeing."

"Our research suggests that governments could measure 'national personality';...

"Fostering the conditions where personality growth occurs -- such as through positive schooling, communities, and parenting -- may be a more effective way of improving national wellbeing than GDP growth."

"Our research suggests that by focusing on who we are and how we relate to the world around us has the potential to unlock vast improvements in our wellbeing.[emphasis mine]

Doesn't that work both ways?

Right wing politics has pursued a policy of increasing polarization, for example the idea that Caucasians Christians are under attack here in a vast deliberate culture war. It seems to me that by pushing "who we are and how we relate to our world" toward paranoia for a large portion of the population, these political tactics may be directly depressing national wellbeing.

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Here is how some right-wing folks 'relate'...................

 

OVERHEARD.........

"As a young man I was looking for two qualities in a wife; She had to be beautiful and she had to have accepted Jesus Christ into her heart as her personal Lord and Savior."

(Herbert L Hartso III, Bellevue, Washington L.I. Selling 11/08P14)

No mention of intelligence/brains, credit worthiness, responsibility, family acceptance, areer, children, or any other important thing a woman brings to a couple.

Beauty and Jesus. That's exactly what that Christian wants and isn't afrain to publically state so. She could be bi-polar, mouthy, indignant, high-maintenance, stinky breath, poor feet, a felon, lousy cook and all around skank. Another shallow Christian that certainly should 'change that personality'.

This study from the Journal of the Association for Psychological Science may have some bearing on the subject.

Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes

Lower Cognitive Ability Predicts Greater Prejudice Through Right-Wing Ideology and Low Intergroup Contact

~ Psychological Science February 2012 vol. 23 no. 2 187-195

I like to cite sources first before giving links to news-media coverage of anything to do with science, but this study has been making the rounds.

Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.

"Prejudice is extremely complex and multifaceted, making it critical that any factors contributing to bias are uncovered and understood," he said.

From ~ Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice; Live Science

Interesting, Richard. Thank you.

There's more.

Political Orientations Are Correlated with Brain Structure in Young...

Hyperlink is a .pdf, here's the abstract.

Not to mention all the studies and research on RWA personality that have been done since the mid-'40s.

It's hard to ignore, no?

Imagine, …a well funded public education system that teaches nothing but critical thinking for K-2, and keeps it as a core subject until high school graduation.

Just for a second, …imagine the emergent electorate from an ever increasing informed demographic.

Now, …look who wants to defund, anti-intellectualize and dumb-down public education.

It boggles the mind, …so, yes!

"...these political tactics may be directly depressing national wellbeing."

…and in soooo… many ways.

It's to late in the United States to bring back sanity. Here is another reason why I say this.....

ROBERT MOORMON

That would be prounced "Mormon"................

Moormon was executed in Arizona on February 29th, 2012 for killing his step-mother in the 1980's.

Last September (2011) he needed an emergency appendectomy. In November (2-months later) he received a triple by-pass heart operation. This is all provided by a state run overwhelmingly by hard-core right wing Conservative Christians. They kept him ALIVE so they could execute him a couple months later.

YOU paid for all this.............

Meanwhile, this same state government eliminated tens of thousands of poor children from the state-run health insurance program due tro 'budget' restraints.

Meanwhile, good honest citizens continue to die from illness/accidents due to inadequate or NO health care. Commit a crime, declare bankruptcy or just die are your options.

Could this be the definition of 'legalized insanity'?

Culture wars, politics, personality's and well-being are upside down in the United States. It's disgraceful to me. The exact same thing is probably happening where you live. Congratulations to all of us.

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