Conservatives are happier than liberals, but why? Political ideology, personality, and life satisfaction

  title={Conservatives are happier than liberals, but why? Political ideology, personality, and life satisfaction},
  author={B. R. Schlenker and John R. Chambers and Bonnie M. Le},
  journal={Journal of Research in Personality},
  • B. R. Schlenker, John R. Chambers, Bonnie M. Le
  • Published 2012
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Research in Personality
  • Political conservatives are happier than liberals. We proposed that this happiness gap is accounted for by specific attitude and personality differences associated with positive adjustment and mental health. In contrast, a predominant social psychological explanation of the gap is that conservatives, who are described as fearful, defensive, and low in self-esteem, will rationalize away social inequalities in order to justify the status quo (system justification). In four studies, conservatives… CONTINUE READING
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