Liberals Show ‘Truly False Uniqueness’ According to Psychological Study

SnowflakesWilsonBentleyPolitical liberals falsely assume that other liberals don’t hold their views, according to a recent study published in Psychological Science:

Via EurekaAlert:

Liberals showed what the researchers call “truly false uniqueness,” perceiving their beliefs as more divergent from the beliefs of other liberals than they actually were. Moderates and conservatives, on the other hand, showed evidence of “truly false consensus,” perceiving their beliefs to be more similar to those of other members of their political group than they actually were.

Data from a second study suggest that the relationship is driven by participants’ desire to feel unique: Liberals reported a stronger desire for uniqueness than did moderates or conservatives.

Surprisingly, these trends even emerged among nonpolitical judgments, such as preference for coffee: Liberals believed their preferences were more different from those of other liberals than they actually were, while conservatives believed their preferences were more similar to those of other conservatives than they actually were.

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35 Comments on "Liberals Show ‘Truly False Uniqueness’ According to Psychological Study"

  1. Calypso_1 | Nov 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm |

    Probably correlates strongly with novelty seeking.

    • Simon Valentine | Nov 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm |

      hero zero nero

      i’ve been keeping an extra eye on this phenomenon ever since the last ‘not really almost relationship possibly over interesting person’. this thing happens in inter-personals ALOT. frack.

      Cantor and the cardinality fallacy >.<

      even the whole "let's 'analyze' the 'breeding' of other 'species' according to 'traits', *Goofy noise*"

      ego – the little engine that could (almost. sometimes. buh just quote the Red-Green show on this one…)

      • Ted Heistman | Nov 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm |

        nice bird.

        • Simon Valentine | Nov 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm |

          i suppose a bluejay is applicable too, among others. Darwinian evolution, even. “Time, Freeman?” such a job, this one topic. “what appeared to be noise turned out to not only have pattern, but copies of the real signal inside of it” then some young kid told Mandelbrot “you mean like music?”

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Nov 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm |

    This is probably why I can never summon enough enthusiasm to argue against Bill O’Reilly’s proposal to gas San Fransisco.

    • mannyfurious | Nov 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm |

      I try not to put labels on my beliefs, because once you put a label on them, you have a tendency to identify with the label and you stop searching for truth. However, sometimes a situation comes up where I’m sort of forced or cornered into labeling myself something. And when that happens, I have a tendency to label my beliefs as “leftist” if not downright “anarchist.” The point, though, is that as a “leftist” I should commiserate with my “liberal” brethren. However, I fucking hate “liberals.” Instead of fighting for things that matter, they’re too busy ensuring that they have bike lanes to ride on and that they are allowed to take their dogs into the nearest Target. Oh, and who do you think supported Bloomberg’s fascist attack on soft drinks? I fucking hate liberals.

      The question then becomes, though, am I the precise person this study is talking about?

      • Liam_McGonagle | Nov 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm |

        Yes, categories and labels do become tedious. Their fetishization is a sign that we have drifted from engagement to automation.

        • Simon Valentine | Nov 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm |

          processor online
          integer analysis complete
          strategic environment interaction module loading…
          stand by
          harbinger identified
          initializing Sanity’s Eclipse
          all variables accounted per target
          you may fire when ready

          To Rampage or not to Rampage, that is the achievement.

      • DeepCough | Nov 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm |

        It’s hard to say what this study was talking about.

      • Preach on, brother. I also identify as leftist if I have to for whatever reason, but I don’t like labels either.
        Have also found myself really pissed off at supposed liberals. Mostly, it’s the fucking Obama apologist bullshit that really irks me. The sumbitch is a Wall Street tool, hello!
        Also, what passes for “liberal” in the US is pretty much considered center-right in the rest of the world, where they have actual liberals, as opposed to the goddamn NEO-liberal gazillionairs from the Bay Area and Santa Monica. Fuck them.

        • mannyfurious | Nov 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm |

          Exactly! Very well said.

        • Monkey See Monkey Do | Nov 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm |

          Yeah in Australia our major ‘conservative’ political party is about the same on the political spectrum as the American democratic party. The republican party’s right wing beliefs are off the charts when compared to most western countries. Greece has the golden dawn however.

      • Charles Stevens | Nov 21, 2013 at 3:55 am |

        Yeah, I’m too cool to have labels – all of us hipsters are.

        • mannyfurious | Nov 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm |

          This is a weird response, but okay.

          The point isn’t that labels in and of themselves are bad. The point is that we become slaves to them. Like you. You have a certain idea of what “hipsters” are and now it’ll be very difficult to learn anything new concerning anything you label a “hipster.” More specifically, though, I’m talking about people who side with the “democrats” even when they’re wrong simply because they label themselves “democrat.” Once people label themselves something, whether “Randian,” “Conservative,” “patriotic,” “radical,” “Christian,” “hipster,” “non-hipster,” “man,” or whatever, there’s a certain part of that person’s brain that tends to shut itself off. Instead of always looking upon things with a healthy dose of skepticism, they accept whatever the label tells them to accept. I know this not because I’m above it. On the contrary, I struggle with this all the time. Because I have labeled myself “man” for example, I still find myself doing things just because that what a “man” does, not because it’s right or because it makes any kind of sense. There’s a part of my brain that shuts off. And I’m trying to minimize that as much as possible.

          I’m actually a pretty “square” guy. I have a boring 9-5 job, a mortgage on a shitty house in a shitty part of town. Married with two kids. My cat just died. I listen to a lot of rap music and I watch too many movies.

          But if my aversion to labels makes me a hipster, either I don’t know what a hipster is or you’re a fucking moron.

          • Charles Stevens | Mar 26, 2014 at 5:16 am |

            Try looking up the definition of “irony”. It might help you understand.

    • emperorreagan | Nov 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm |

      I could be swayed to Bill O’Reilly’s argument if someone would like to sign enough shares of DuPont over to me!

  3. DeepCough | Nov 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm |

    Okay, whether you are writing a political science or psychology paper, I think it’s very important to define the terms “liberal” and “conservative” and even the word “moderate,” because that which is “liberal” or “conservative” or “moderate” literally varies from place to place. I can see this report popping up on Fox News because it is so stupidly superficial. For one, the Occupy Movement and even the Tea Party movement were rather populist (at least, that’s how the latter started), and they both espoused fairly or immensely mixed points of view about social order and government function. To call the Occupy Movement “liberal” is a tad short-sighted, since Liberalism is the original free market ideology, and conservatism is the original “state-control” ideology, but even then, both of these ideologies are varied points of view with a lot of different subgroups. And to insert “nonpolitical judgments” like whether one enjoys coffee without discussing the market regulations thereof comes off as irrelevant. This is the kind of paper I expect from a climbing intern at an advertising firm.

    • Eric_D_Read | Nov 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm |

      The terms liberal and conservative should be tossed in the trash heap. They have both been twisted beyond any concrete meaning.
      As you said, there’s nothing conservative about free market ideology.
      Modern left-wingers have no problem pissing all over individual liberties via government power if it fits their ideology.

      • DeepCough | Nov 20, 2013 at 10:06 am |

        Examples? I’m not trying to diss you, it’s just, I think this notion of an
        “American Left-Wing” is conservative code for people who support a decent minimum wage.

  4. Simon Valentine | Nov 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm |

    man am i glad i’m not the only one noticing that Shat

    *queue Enterprise*

  5. So the collectivists aren’t as individualistic as they think they are and the individualists aren’t as collectivist as they think they are?

  6. InfvoCuernos | Nov 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm |

    So what they are saying is that people that identify themselves in the group that goes against convention(Progressive or Liberal) think they are outsiders, while the group that wants to keep things the same(Conservative) feel they are like-minded within a group? How much money did they waste on that?

  7. For conservatives everything is black or white and for liberals everything is a shade of grey so it doesn’t seem too surprising that someone devised a study to illustrate that things are rarely black or white and shades of grey can be easily grouped into homogeneous sets.

  8. Comparisons and the devil in the details identified.

    End of story!

  9. emperorreagan | Nov 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm |

    Interesting, if only because one of the great failings of the American left was abandoning solidarity for paternalism.

  10. All it takes to stand out in what passes for the US Left is to refuse to be an Obamabot.

    The biggest weakness in this entire class of studies is that the researchers understanding of politics is no deeper than the disinformation provided by the legacy media. Which makes design of studies which might provide useful information rather difficult.

  11. And libertarians think they’re both full of you know what.
    Pretty sure it smells the same to all of them.

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