Tag: Risk Aversion

Safe Bet

Election 2020: The Safe-Bet Election


Reading Time: 6 minutes
In times of psychological distress — and boy are we all distressed — we become risk averse and start looking for safe bets. No matter how you slice it, Ol’ Handsome Joe comes up as the safest bet on the Democratic side.

Risk Aversion: The Psychology of Biden and Warren’s Candidacies


Reading time: 3 minutes
Our perceptions of the risks that each candidacy poses determines a lot about them. Biden runs as Obama 2.0 the tried and true candidate of yore bringing back normalcy. The nostalgia candidate if you will. Warren runs as the big structural change candidate with a plan for everything.

Which are seen as posing the higher risk? How will that effect the way we vote?

Fear of Change; Embracing Change

Trump vs. Obama: a new theory of why Republicans and Democrats fight – Vox


A re-blogging of an interview of March Hetherington by Exra Klein on Vox.com. They discuss Hetherington and Weiler’s theory that the political divide between Repubes and Dems is based on how each side views the world. The Repubes view the world as fundamentally dangerous, the Dems as safer. I add that makes Repubes risk averse and Dems risk tolerant. Let me know what you think in the comments.

The Three Psychological Tendencies that the GOP Cynically Exploited to Bolster Support for Kavanaugh and Demean Dr. Ford


There are three psychological phenomena from the Boof K (that’s Ye Olde Blogge’s quaint nickname for the raspcallious erstwhile (allegedly) plausible rapist, Brett Kavanaugh) hearings that will help us understand our particular peculiar political predicament and the way that politicians use them to manipulate the electorate and party […]

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