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nosnowforme 64F  
368 posts
5/25/2020 7:36 am
trump supporter psychology ...they need your support

Given the trump supporters extreme devotion and unwavering admiration for their highly unpredictable, ineffective, and inflammatory leader, we turn to the field of psychology for scientific explanations based on precise quantitative data and established theoretical frameworks.

In a paper published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew argues that five major psychological phenomena can help explain this exceptional political event. See: Social Psychological Perspectives on trump Supporters - Thomas F. Pettigrew

Supporters, we do feel your pain and stand with you in the effort to put in place the resources you require to prosper and live fully.

1. Authoritarian Personality Syndrome
Authoritarianism refers to the advocacy or enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom, and is commonly associated with a lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others. Authoritarian personality syndrome—a well-studied and globally-prevalent condition—is a state of mind that is characterized by belief in total and complete obedience to one’s authority. Those with the syndrome often display aggression toward outgroup members, submissiveness to authority, resistance to new experiences, and a rigid hierarchical view of society. The syndrome is often triggered by fear, making it easy for leaders who exaggerate threat or fear monger to gain their allegiance.

Although authoritarian personality is found among liberals, it is more common among the right-wing around the world. President trump’s speeches, which are laced with absolutist terms like “losers” and “complete disasters,” are naturally appealing to those with the syndrome.

While research showed that Republican voters in the U.S. scored higher than Democrats on measures of authoritarianism before trump emerged on the political scene, a Politico survey found that high authoritarians greatly favored then-candidate trump, which led to a correct prediction that he would win the election, despite the polls saying otherwise.

2. Social dominance orientation
Social dominance orientation SDO, which is distinct but related to authoritarian personality syndrome—refers to people who have a preference for the societal hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones. Those with SDO are typically dominant, tough-minded, and driven by self-interest.

In trump’s speeches, he appeals to those with SDO by repeatedly making a clear distinction between groups that have a generally higher status in society (White), and those groups that are typically thought of as belonging to a lower status (immigrants and minorities).

A survey of US adults published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that those who scored high on both SDO and authoritarianism were those who intended vote for trump in the election.

3. Prejudice
It would be grossly unfair and inaccurate say that every one of trump’s supporters have prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities, but it would be equally inaccurate say that many do not. It is a well-known fact that the Republican party, going at least as far back Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy,” used strategies that appealed bigotry, such as lacing speeches with “whistles”—code words that signaled prejudice toward minorities that were designed to be heard by racists but no one else.

While the whistles of the past were more subtle, trump’s are sometimes shockingly direct. There’s no denying that he routinely appeals to bigoted supporters when he calls Muslims “dangerous” and Mexican immigrants “ ” and “murderers,” often in a blanketed fashion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a new study has shown that support for trump is correlated with a standard scale of modern racism.

4. Intergroup contact
Intergroup contact refers to contact with members of groups that are outside one’s own, which has been experimentally shown to reduce prejudice. As such, it’s important to note that there is growing evidence that trump’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans. For example, a study found that “…the racial and ethnic isolation of Whites at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of trump support.” This correlation persisted while controlling for dozens of other variables. In agreement with this finding, the same researchers found that support for trump increased with the voters’ physical distance from the Mexican border.

5. Relative deprivation
Relative deprivation refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which one believes they are entitled. It is the discontent felt when one compares their position in life to others who they feel are equal or inferior but have unfairly had more success than them.

Common explanations for trump’s popularity among non-bigoted voters involve economics. There is no doubt that some trump supporters are simply angry that American jobs are being lost to Mexico and China, which is certainly understandable, although these loyalists often ignore the fact that some of these careers are actually being lost due to the accelerating pace of automation.

These trump supporters are experiencing relative deprivation, and are common among the swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. This kind of deprivation is specifically referred to as “relative,” as opposed to “absolute,” because the feeling is often based on a skewed perception of what one is entitled to.


Jessekat 64M/54F
29 posts
5/25/2020 2:39 pm

Sounds like a CNN journalist to me, thought this was a sex site


nosnowforme replies on 5/25/2020 9:00 pm:
Common error

hornieryytoad 48M
18 posts
5/25/2020 12:41 pm

Every thing you claim can also be said about the dumb-o-crats. Bias much?


nosnowforme replies on 5/25/2020 9:01 pm:
Recheck context

kzoopair 69M/67F
25795 posts
5/25/2020 12:33 pm

The MAGAT's unique blend of stupidity and meanness doesn't arouse any sympathy in me. I'm white working class and I've lived and worked with these pricks for decades. I don't feel obligated to build bridges of communication with bigots and misogynists. Instead my instinct when confronted with a Trump supporter is to reach for a can of Raid.

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nosnowforme replies on 5/25/2020 9:02 pm:
Very helpful

laidback696005 58M
60 posts
5/25/2020 12:25 pm

Gotta lay off the mushrooms,yer gonna need em for the next 4 years! Now leave some snarky remark,Dr.


nosnowforme replies on 5/25/2020 9:03 pm:
Laid back eh?

thikhead 63M
3154 posts
5/25/2020 10:34 am

explains the situation very concisely and id say accurately.

yes, i feel sorry for them as well,
but not to the extant that we let them control OUR government
with their sicknesses.

"well only get through this if we work together. if we dont, none of us will"


superbjversion2 65F
20699 posts
5/25/2020 10:13 am

Sadly, the people that suffer from any of these psychological effects will not recognize themselves in the descriptions.

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nosnowforme replies on 5/25/2020 9:04 pm:
They do/did, check the replies ...also, most will remain silent

fit2Btried 67M
16 posts
5/25/2020 10:07 am

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth"............... Albert Einstein


nosnowforme replies on 5/25/2020 9:11 pm:
Oddly the first we have needed any semblance of "A well regulated Militia" in some time is under trump ...and his claiming power over states in direct violation of the 10th Amendment

tallnlean416 44M  
13 posts
5/25/2020 9:43 am

The cartoon was spot on!


nosnowforme replies on 5/25/2020 9:09 pm:
I know that young lady

Doggieback69 67M  
99 posts
5/25/2020 9:13 am

Well done. You are right on!


nosnowforme replies on 5/25/2020 10:01 am:
Now get out there and help those that trapped in this vicious cycle

nosnowforme 64F  
345 posts
5/25/2020 7:38 am

Supporters, we do feel your pain and stand with you


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