May 20, 2014
THE FIRST BORN IS SECURE...:
First-Born Children Are More Likely to Grow Up Into Conservatives (TOM JACOBS, May 20, 2014, Pacific Standard)
Given how strongly we tend to feel about our political beliefs, it's somewhat disconcerting to think that they developed largely as a result of circumstances beyond our control.Yet that's the conclusion of a growing number of researchers, who have traced ideological predispositions to various personality traits and evolutionary needs. One idea, first raised in the 1990s, is that first-born children grow up to be more conservative, on average, than their siblings.Newly published research from Italy confirms that thesis, and finds it is not related to the political beliefs of one's parents. It suggests the first-born child is more likely to lean to the right regardless of his parents' beliefs.
...and liberalism is simply a function of insecurity.Posted by Orrin Judd at May 20, 2014 2:39 PM