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Saturday, April 21, 2007

no title, so there.

ok, I found it. does someone mind sending me my poem, since I forgot to save it for myself?


Maggie Jochild said...

Just read a great article at Psychology Today by Jay Dixit, located at http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/index.php?term=pto-20061222-000001&page=2 -- below is an excerpt:

"All people are born alike—except Republicans and Democrats," quipped Groucho Marx, and in fact it turns out that personality differences between liberals and conservatives are evident in early childhood. In 1969, Berkeley professors Jack and Jeanne Block embarked on a study of childhood personality, asking nursery school teachers to rate children's temperaments. They weren't even thinking about political orientation.

Twenty years later, they decided to compare the subjects' childhood personalities with their political preferences as adults. They found arresting patterns. As kids, liberals had developed close relationships with peers and were rated by their teachers as self-reliant, energetic, impulsive, and resilient. People who were conservative at age 23 had been described by their teachers as easily victimized, easily offended, indecisive, fearful, rigid, inhibited, and vulnerable at age 3. The reason for the difference, the Blocks hypothesized, was that insecure kids most needed the reassurance of tradition and authority, and they found it in conservative politics.

[In another study] The researchers—John Jost of NYU, Arie Kruglanski of the University of Maryland, and Jack Glaser and Frank Sulloway of Berkeley—found that conservatives have a greater desire to reach a decision quickly and stick to it, and are higher on conscientiousness, which includes neatness, orderliness, duty, and rule-following. Liberals are higher on openness, which includes intellectual curiosity, excitement-seeking, novelty, creativity for its own sake, and a craving for stimulation like travel, color, art, music, and literature.

So there.

pamish said...

Little Gator's Woof+warp speed:

I have a great big piece of cloth.
that's not been nibbled by a moth.
It isn't wool, or felt, or spandex.
It has no label-must be brand X.
I found it in my auntie's hoard
where lots of textiles had been stored.
(my auntie dear is named Marie,
and next year she'll be 83.)
It ravels like a sleeve of care,
And threads get tangled in my hair.
It's teal, and purple, and maroon
In jewel tones that make me swoon.
The pins go in, the pins slide out,
and so I'm basting it all about.

little gator said...

Every boy and every girl
that's born into the world alive
Is either a little liberal,
or else a litle conservative.

shadocat said...

Maggie, I can't add much to that article, except "ditto". I guess that explains why families of origin (in my experience anyway) don't always follow in their parent's political footsteps.

Speaking of Groucho,it seems I've broken his biggest rule- (you know the one; "I would never join a club that would accept me as a member.")- by accepting this invitation to this absolutely fabulous group---but then, Groucho was wrong about a lot of things...