Study: Liberals love being special snowflakes, are actually still sheep

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This is an important study imo. Note the anti-conservative slant too? Have to get it in there.

“Contrary to stereotype, conservatives are not more accepting of authority than are liberals. But they are less concerned that their opinions appear unique. [see: Tumblr]

However, the political right’s valuation of consensus over uniqueness might explain why the Tea Party had more success than Occupy Wall Street. “Conservatives’ stronger perceptions of consensus with like-minded others might give them an edge in mobilizing their ranks during the incipient stages of forming a movement,” [DS: they can organize themselves because they are useful to society and have real jobs]

People make judgments about sexual orientation based on stereotypes, and previous research has found that conservatives are more likely to lean on stereotypes about masculinity and femininity when making such judgments than are liberals. [as opposed to…?]

Stern’s findings might seem to back up the stereotypes of conservatives as conformists and liberals as free spirits. But a second study by another group of researchers found the two sides are not so different, after all — at least when authority is concerned. [Liberals replaced God with Government.]

I had stumbled upon a kind of deference to authority that forbids asking questions,” Frimer told Live Science. “It was just like the U.S. culture war, only with left and right reversed.”

This time, the answers revealed that most people accept authority, as long as the authority is on their side. [also: water is wet]

“When the authority demanding obedience is a liberal advocate, liberals are the ones who demand obedience,” Frimer said. “When the authority has no ideological leaning, liberals and conservatives have similar feelings about obedience.”

No other studies had picked up on this shared love of authority for a simple reason: When people on both the left and right hear “authority,” their brains substitute “conservative authority.” [they are the ones with boundaries]

“In the ongoing culture war, it often feels like the other side is biased, corrupt or even crazy,” he said. “Liberals often struggle to understand [everything] why conservatives seem to blindly follow the orders of their leaders. These new findings suggest that liberals may do the same. Deep down, liberals and conservatives may be more similar than they appear at first.””

Conversion efforts, anyone?