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    Default Does Your Political Affiliation Depend on Your Political Stances or Your Temperament?

    No doubt your temperament affects your political stances, but it's not the only determining factor. Do you think political orientation is summed up by one's political opinions, or by their general attitude on life?

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    Both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    No doubt your temperament affects your political stances, but it's not the only determining factor. Do you think political orientation is summed up by one's political opinions, or by their general attitude on life?
    I lean toward the latter.

    If this subject is of great interest to you, I suggest you consider reading this (if you haven't already): http://www.amazon.com/Conflict-Visio...4717076&sr=1-3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    No doubt your temperament affects your political stances, but it's not the only determining factor. Do you think political orientation is summed up by one's political opinions, or by their general attitude on life?
    I'd like you to clarify this a bit.

    I've found a lot of the more opinionated left or right people I know are also the sorts to experience strong affects, like to be very happy or very sad as a result of agreement or argument, they'll engage in name calling and posturing and it'll stand in for reasoned argument, infact reasonable argument instead of shared outrage will be construed as treacherous or betrayal or being part of the opposing viewpoint.

    Although the political position which is taken in the first place, ie left or right, is generally completely determined by income bracket or wealth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    ...I've found a lot of the more opinionated left or right people I know are also the sorts to experience strong affects, like to be very happy or very sad as a result of agreement or argument, they'll engage in name calling and posturing and it'll stand in for reasoned argument, infact reasonable argument instead of shared outrage will be construed as treacherous or betrayal or being part of the opposing viewpoint.

    Although the political position which is taken in the first place, ie left or right, is generally completely determined by income bracket or wealth.
    Sometimes people with intense political views are projecting and universalizing aspects of their personal life onto a political template. When this is the case, dismissing their political opinions is akin to dismissing pain and trouble from their personal lives. This is not a rational process and so they fight hard and can feel very betrayed if you disagree with them. It is not possible to discuss politics in this setting, but what I do is to reinforce any underlying principles that are shared and then avoid the topic or directly say that it is not a productive topic and I value my relationship with them more and would rather talk about their life.

    Political opinion is also strongly influenced by subconscious desire to belong to a community which correlates to what you said about socio-economic status, although just gives that premise a higher resolution.
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