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Being told what to do makes conservatives happy

Being told what to do makes conservatives happy

People who view themselves as right-wing conservatives have a greater sense of well-being and happiness than those who consider themselves to be left-wing liberals, a study conducted at Brock University examining the association between "authoritarianism and subjective well-being" has revealed.

Life Site News reports:

Participants were first asked to rate themselves as to how much they aligned with "right-wing authoritarianism," that is, a tendency to submit to authority, condemn those who violate the rules, and uphold established traditions.

A second questionnaire considered "social dominance orientation," which is described as a preference for individuals to feel most comfortable in a society that functions within an established social hierarchy, or "unequal intergroup relations."


The research team found a “significant association” between "authoritarian attitudes" and a subjective sense of well-being.

“On the general level, greater generalized authoritarianism was clearly related to greater subjective well-being,” the researchers wrote in their report. “The association suggests that generalized authoritarianism may be ‘good’ for the self.”

These findings, they stated, are “in line with evidence that conservative ideology … may promote positive psychological outcomes, including well-being.”

The Ring of Fire's host Mike Papantonio talked about the study with Cliff Schecter, the best-selling author of The Real McCain, who noted that "it's easier to look at the world in black and white" rather than analyzing things.  "They're more than happy to be told what to do and […] more than happy to trample on the rights and lives of other people to keep order, the order that the authority tells them they must do," Papantonio observed, citing the correlation with the Brock University study with other research.

As Papantonio and Schecter discuss, having authority figures like God and church add security to conservatives' lives.  They also explain that what is perceived to be in violation of established tradition can fuel conspiracy theories.

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