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  • Libertarian
    Wichita, KS
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    Hello all,
    I am a psychology student at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. The IRB approval number for my research is 201310.01.Lyne.e.a. There are no advertisements, and I am not selling anything. My research professor is Dr. Donna Stuber, and she can be contacted at donna_stuber@friends.edu.
    For the research, I need a data from people with a wide variety of political standings and self-perceptions. My purpose in this study is to determine whether there is a difference in self-esteem levels between the different political viewpoints. Please help me finish this research for my senior project! Here is the link to the survey: http://Politic-SelfEsteem.questionpro.com/. Thank you so much for your time.


    Kara Lyne
    karalyne.research@yahoo.com
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    "Friends University exists to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate education that incorporates liberal arts instruction and professional studies within the context of the Christian faith."

    Is not that a bit like oil and water?
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "kara" is this a "christian" driven study? Sorry I'm an atheist and do not see that your study leads to anything "real" in life if it it is a religeous driven study. This way you never see the world as it is with an open mind and reality. You are already brainwashed beforehand!!
  • Libertarian
    Wichita, KS
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    I can see how I may appear that way. But my true desire is only that of research. True, I was raised religiously, but I no longer claim that. I'm only an undergrad student, and I am more interested in the psychology aspect of the study. I did not wish to introduce any kind of religion into the conversation. My purpose is to see if there is any interaction between self-esteem and political standing. Thank you for your input!
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    Let me save you some time. Since self esteem is interanally derived the insane are going to have highest view of themselves. Thus it is safe to say that tea baggers would win. Hitler did not lack in self esteem, but did in all other aspects.
    An honorary degree from a Christian university would be welcome. Thanks.
  • Independent
    Plymouth, WI
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    I think I can answer your question and save you some time too. Yes, self-esteem does determine our political views, if you are a meme, then you will vote Republican or worse, if you are one who cares about others too and not just your self, you will vote Democrat. Not that either party is for the majority, but for the moment, the Democrat Party is all caring people have, that I hope will change, before the majority has nothing left to care for. Maybe you should be working on changing the system that owns and controls ALL our politicians, if you really want to make a difference with your political research, if you have any questions how, just ask.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    Kara,
    I agree with the previous replies. I wonder..... have you contacted a similar message board of Republicans ? What have their responses been ? Probably mostly positive as demographically you fit into their camp. Do tell what those responses have been.
  • Libertarian
    Wichita, KS
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    Again, I am an undergraduate student, so I am very limited. But I do not wish to instigate any change. Any efforts to do so would be futile. I have posted on a couple conservative sites, and they were just as "excited" about my research as those who have posted on this site. When I continue my education, perhaps I can conduct research on a more realistic topic such as has been suggested by some of these replies.
  • Libertarian
    Wichita, KS
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    Thank you to all who participated! The survey is now closed! Again if you would like to know the results of the study after I have done the statistical analysis, contact me at karalyne.research@yahoo.com and I will gladly send you my results. Thanks again!
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    Kara, Wow ! you certainly cut the lock off the asylum door witrh your request. Best of luck with your project.
  • Democrat
    Lafayette, LA
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    I don't know about self esteem but I will give you this if you haven't bumped into it already....


    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201104/conservatives-big-fe...
    What It Means
    There is a big unknown underlying these findings. Supposing that the size of one's amygdala really does increase the likelihood of being a conservative. Is the size of the amygdala determined at birth, or does it perhaps increase with frightening childhood experiences, such as authoritarian parenting and corporal punishment?

    Similarly, one might ask whether the gray matter difference is affected by exposure to educational challenge, social diversity, or childhood cognitive enrichment.

    The born versus acquired perspective on political attitudes is important to psychologists. After all, if political proclivities are fixed at birth in terms of brain anatomy, there is little hope of change. Most of us would probably like to see a world in which political attitudes were less polarized, and more changeable, but that may be a pipe dream.

    Meanwhile, the neuro-scientific fact of two very different political creatures helps clarify much of the political antics of modern democracies.
  • Liberal Democrat
    Democrat
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Orwellsghost --

    I had seen that research in another article, but there is much that is not understood. I have been reading articles and books by psychologists for a while now, but I cannot put my finger on any of them and say "this is the key" although I do have my favorites. I also realize that I am dabbling in an area in which I lack the professional training to draw conclusions.

    You might be interested in reading some of the articles in this website: ProCon.org: Differences in Conservative and Liberal Brains

    The website contains 16 peer-reviewed scientific studies in which researchers focus on the differences between liberals and conservatives, including different brain structures, different physiological responses to stimuli, and activate different neural mechanisms when confronted with similar situations.

    No. 4 on the list is the article you have referenced, but the other 15 are of interest if you have the time to read (or maybe browse) them, let alone understand them. Most of them are above my intellectual ability, but the titles are of interest anyway.

    It's a fascinating subject, but I tread lightly.