Conservatives are more sensitive to the violation of social norms than leftists, study finds

Conservatives are more sensitive to the violation of social norms than leftists, study finds

New research published in PLOS One has found evidence that a person’s sensitivity to social rule-breaking is linked to their political orientation.

Social norms are underlying rules that guide our social behavior. These guidelines dictate what is and is not appropriate in a given situation, and people who breach them are met with negative evaluations. While social norms are widely enforced and followed, there are individual differences in sensitivity to these rules. …

The researchers found that those with a right-wing political orientation rated more items as strongly inappropriate than those with left-wing beliefs, suggesting rightists were more sensitive to the breaching of social norms. This finding fell in line with the researchers’ expectations. As the authors say, conservatives tend to have a more “rigid cognitive style” and may feel a greater need for structure and order, causing them to lean toward more stringent codes of behavior.

By Beth Ellwood, PsyPost.org

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