The Psychology Of Conservatism

• A psychological study has concluded that conservatism can be explained as a set of neuroses characterized by “fear, aggression, dogmatism, and intolerance of ambiguity.”

• The report listed sufferers of the condition, which include Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, and George Bush.

• Bush was studied for his intolerance to ambiguity, which could have led him to ignore any evidence that contradicted his preferred views during the build-up to the Iraq invasion.

This intolerance of ambiguity can lead people to cling to the familiar, to arrive at premature conclusions, and to impose simplistic cliches and stereotypes

Study of Bush's psyche touches a nerve