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Sam Gosling, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been widely covered in the media, including The New York Times,[…]

You may be a liberal if….

Question: Are You a Closet Liberal?


Sam Gosling: I’d be very reluctant to give any specific thing- I mean, there are some things that make things- I mean, some of the things we draw on- so, for example, we know that the biggest relationship between political orientation and these personality traits is between the trait known as openness to experience. And so, it turns out that things like artistic materials, a broad variety of books, philosophy, original art- the combination of that and a slightly messy place- so that would tend to indicate somebody who’s more liberal than conservative, especially when combined with a space that tends to be more messy, they’re less organized, they’re less- they are less punctual, they can’t find stuff, they’re less prepared, they’re not thinking before they act, and so on. And so if you have that combination, that’s more likely to be a liberal than a conservative.


Recorded on: June 13, 2008.