In today’s world, especially after President Donald Trump’s seemingly unforeseen victory in 2016, some people have become politically unhinged. It has become quite obviously who has inserted an element of psychoticism into national rhetoric.
This is most common witnessed during nightly news cycles, award ceremonies, NFL pregame national anthems, and college campuses around the country. Shirts with “Trump is a Fascist” are being incorrectly worn in public and “Republicans are evil” is becoming an unfortunate all-too-common phrase with the public.
A liberal Virginia lawmaker recently compared his Republicans colleagues in the House of Delegates to Nazis, sparking fierce dialogue between members of the legislature. However, presumably unbeknownst to the progressive left, liberals are the real authoritarians.
The American Journal of Political Science, a publication which often cities that conservatives are “psychotic” amended their opinion in 2016 after a error was found – a rather large error. The error was that it was liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, that are actually linked to psychoticism.
In a report from the New York Post, “The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed,” the journal said in regards to the shocking correction.
Well…not so shocking to conservatives.
“The descriptive analyses report that those higher in Eysenck’s psychoticism are more conservative, but they are actually more liberal; and where the original manuscript reports those higher in neuroticism and social desirability are more liberal, they are, in fact, more conservative,” the amended report went on to explain. The study shows that psychoticism is more associated with traits such as tough-mindedness, risk-taking, sensation-seeking, impulsivity and authoritarianism.
All of these character traits liken to those who protest by laying in the middle of streets, don black masks in public, destroy public property, beat people who disagree with them, and make politically-charged campaign ads that show minority children being chased by white men in pickup trucks. Yes, that last one is you, Governor Northam.
The social-desirability scale that was cited in the analysis by the political science organization measures a person’s tendency to answer questions in ways they believe would please researchers. This means even overestimating their positive characteristics and underestimating negative ones. Lying, it seems could also be a trait linked to progressivism.
According to the report, the “erroneous” study has been cited at least 45 times by other organizations.
It is doubtful there will be a correction from CNN, or MSNBC, or any liberal progressives, though.
Brad Verhulst, a researcher with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and a co-author of the paper, claims he was not sure who was to blame for the findings.
“I don’t know where it happened. All I know is it happened,” he told Retraction Watch, a blog that tracks corrections in academic and scientific published studies. The authors of the study also claim that “personality traits do not cause people to develop political attitudes.”
However, they do matter. “They matter quite a lot,” according to professor Steven Ludeke of the University of Southern Denmark.
“The erroneous results represented some of the larger correlations between personality and politics ever reported; they were reported and interpreted, repeatedly, in the wrong direction,” he said.
So, was all the xenophobic, Islamophobic, homophobic, transphobic, gynophobic, here a phobia, there a phobia, everywhere a phobia, phobia rhetoric an accusation against conservatives, or an expression of the inner-self of liberals? Maybe a safe space session is needed to flush this one out.