source -- John Alford - Rice University
basic cleavage with personality characteristics; most people on a continuum. Like introversion/extroversion
Liklihood of change very small -- innate to the person. Who they are.
At least partially heritable. Don't make value judgments!
Absolutist ( conservative/Republican?)
strong suspicion of out-groups yearning for in-group unity favors strong leadership desires clear and unbending moral and behaviour rules Prefers swift and severe punishments for code violations Fond of systemization willing to tolerate inequality between groups Have a pessimistic view of human nature Difficult to accept a friendship with a contexualist View contexualists as naive and indecisive Ethics -- deontological Extreme -- religious fundamentalist
Tolerant attitudes toward out-groups Prefers context dependent approach to human behaviour Have an optimistic view of human nature Have a distaste for preset punishments Willing to overlook group differences of opinion suspicious of certainty suspicious of strong leadership Have an aversion to inequality Have a great empathic tendency Usually can accept a friendship with an absolutist View absolutists as simplistic and selfish Ethics -- situational (pragmatic or virtue) Extreme -- secular humanist
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