Fox News published a story yesterday referencing a study by a University of Tampa Professor, Marcus Arvan, who concludes in a study that there is significant correlation between conservative views and anti-social behaviour. His study is suspect, since it seems to have excluded main stream conservatives from the study. It would appear that the outcome of the study was concluded prior to completing the study. Arvan claims not to have prejudge
To be sure a more comprehensive study would note similar traits with some liberals. To throw all conservatives into the same pot, is a far stretch. Perhaps he should include some of the spin artists in the study. Is it time to brush up our social skills, in fear of being identified as a psychopath?
A new study suggesting conservatives are far more likely to exhibit antisocial personality traits than liberals is drawing skepticism from critics who say the findings are a stretch at best.
The paper, by University of Tampa professor Marcus Arvan, claims to find “significant” correlations between key antisocial personality traits and bedrock conservative views, like opposition to gay marriage and support for capital punishment. Specifically, the research claims to find elements of narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism, also described as “deception,” among test subjects.