Personality Type Determines Politics?

I don't agree totally with this study but it certainly raises a fascinating question, one that ties in completely with why I moved from big picture political activism to working more with individual and group coaching and consulting on a more focused scale. The jist of it is summarized at the end:

"Whether anyone's feelings are hurt or not, the work suggests that personality and emotions play a bigger role in our political leanings than we think. All of us, liberal or conservative, feel as though we've reached our political opinions by carefully weighing the evidence and exercising our best judgment. But it could be that all of that careful reasoning is just after-the-fact self-justification. What if personality forms our political outlook, with reason coming along behind, rationalizing after the fact?

It could be that whom we vote for has less to do with our judgments about tax policy or free trade or health care, and more with the personalities we've been stuck with since we were kids."

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1142722231554&call_pageid=970599119419

Tie that conclusion in with my experience that a person's personality can, with proper techniques and development, become more fully balanced, and you have the picture of how we can escape our dogmatic unilateral tendencies to reach a more complete understanding that actually transcends BOTH conservative or liberal.

Howard
http://www.systemsthinker.com
http://www.emergentassociates.com

Oscars Get it Right

Wow. I think the Oscars got it almost totally correct tonight! Million Dollar Baby was the best movie this year and Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman deserved their Oscars. As much as I feel for Scorcese, I'm glad the voters didn't go for the sentimental vote but stuck with who was really best, Clint Eastwood. Of course, Jamie Foxx was favored, but that was a relief to see him get it since it would have been robbery otherwise. And then, I was thrilled to see Charlie Kaufmann's genius recognized for Eternal Sunshine, which was a little cherry on the sundae. I'm not sure exactly why I care so much about this stuff, but it sure made me glad to see all the right people win. Ah and then the hot fudge was getting to see Counting Crows play too, and Chris Rock rip on Bush till I fell off my couch laughing. All good!

Tyranny-Free 2007?!

So I receive this article with the headline "Bush begins new term, vows to end tyranny" (thanks Tabby). I am SOOO excited! Who among us isn't tired of this tyranny. Finally it will end. It's about time. I can't wait because I'm sure by 2007 we'll be tyranny-free. I wonder what the Vegas odds are on this. Gandhi couldn't do it, nor could King...come to think of it nor could God himself apparently (at least not George's God...the one that runs all 3 branches of our government). But George is gonna do it. You know what's gonna rock? The first tyranny-free Spring Break! I'm there, who's with me?