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The Politicization of Psychology Continues

a href=”http://shrinkwrapped.blogs.com/blog/2006/03/social_science_.html”Shrinkwrapped discusses yet another study /a casting a negative light on (shockingly) Conservatives. The emToronto Star/em “a href=”http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1call_pageid=971358637177c=Articlecid=1142722231554″interprets the study for us/a:”br /br /blockquoteRemember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.br /br /At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals.br /br /The study from the Journal of Research Into Personality isn’t going to make the UC Berkeley professor who published it any friends on the right. Similar conclusions a few years ago from another academic saw him excoriated on right-wing blogs, and even led to a Congressional investigation into his research funding./blockquotebr /br /By the end of the emToronto Star /emarticle, the author summarizes the study to conclude the following:br /br /blockquoteIt could be that whom we vote for has less to do with our judgments about tax policy or free trade or health care, and more with the personalities we’ve been stuck with since we were kids./blockquotebr /br /What about people who change their political orientation over time–were they really just whiny kids or self-reliant ones originally who fooled themselves?br /br /Update: a href=”http://michellemalkin.com/archives/004823.htm”Michelle Malkin /ahas a copy of the entire study if you would like to read more.