These key psychological differences can determine whether you're liberal or conservative I'm not surprised at all by the findings. It's basically what I've been observing in my life and dealings for years, but I'm glad to know that my perceptions were correct. It does explain so much though. Fear is a huge factor in how people live their lives. I have been saying forever, and I've mentioned it on here as well, that conservatives seem to be fear based, while liberals are far less so. This research seems to support my thoughts. It also makes me curious about a possible correlation between conservatism and sociopathic tendencies - I need to look into this more and see if there's any research to support my starting hypothesis. Please don't comment in the discussion if you didn't read the article - it isn't long and takes like 5 mins of your time to complete. Who knows, you might gain some insight into yourself and why you lean the way you do. The article doesn't lean toward one way or the other - it simply explains the differences between liberals vs conservatives.