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posted by janrinok on Thursday December 07, @01:05AM   Printer-friendly
from the and-a-polite-discussion-ensued... dept.

Recently published in Journal of Social and Political Psychology by Thomas F. Pettigrew seeks to understand the psychological profile of Trump supporters:

The Trump movement is not singular within the United States (the Know Nothing movement in the 1850s, the Wallace movement in the 1960s, and the more recent Tea Party Movement). Moreover, other democracies have seen similar movements (e.g., Austria's Freedom Party, Belgium's Vlaams Blok, France's National Front, Germany's Alternative for Germany Party (AfD), and Britain's U.K. Independence Party (UKIP).

In virtually all these cases, the tinder especially involved male nativists and populists who were less educated than the general population. But this core was joined by other types of voters as well. Five highly interrelated characteristics stand out that are central to a social psychological analysis – authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, outgroup prejudice, the absence of intergroup contact and relative deprivation.No one factor describes Trump's supporters. But an array of factors – many of them reflecting five major social psychological phenomena can help to account for this extraordinary political event: authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, prejudice, relative deprivation, and intergroup contact.


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday December 07, @05:28AM (2 children)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @05:28AM (#606658)

    Don't confuse Runaway with facts. His mind, such as it is, is made up. Ironically, he's a perfect example of the very thing TFA is speaking about. Anosognosia with regards to this condition seems to be part and parcel of it, unfortunately.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @06:34AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @06:34AM (#606676)

    His mind, such as it is, is made up.

    Spot on. The only mystery that persists around, like a thick, sticky fog: made up of exactly what?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @06:19PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @06:19PM (#606917)

      Vodka. Must have an impressive spell checker (Russian's are good coders dah?) to keep him legible with that much potato running through him!