Ideological Asymmetries and the Essence of Political Psychology

  title={Ideological Asymmetries and the Essence of Political Psychology},
  author={John T. Jost},
Individuals are not merely passive vessels of whatever beliefs and opinions they have been exposed to; rather, they are attracted to belief systems that resonate with their own psychological needs and interests, including epistemic, existential, and relational needs to attain certainty, security, and social belongingness. Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, and Sulloway (2003) demonstrated that needs to manage uncertainty and threat were associated with core values of political conservatism, namely… CONTINUE READING
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