I'm sure this has been posted before, but there is so much truth to it. The real truth about Republicans- Study: Whiny Kids Become Republicans From the Toronto Star: Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative. At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals. The study from the Journal of Research Into Personality isnât going to make the UC Berkeley professor who published it any friends on the right. Similar conclusions a few years ago from another academic saw him excoriated on right-wing blogs, and even led to a Congressional investigation into his research funding. But the new results are worth a look. In the 1960s Jack Block and his wife and fellow professor Jeanne Block (now deceased) began tracking more than 100 nursery school kids as part of a general study of personality. The kidsâ personalities were rated at the time by teachers and assistants who had known them for months. Thereâs no reason to think political bias skewed the ratings â the investigators were not looking at political orientation back then. Even if they had been, itâs unlikely that 3- and 4-year-olds would have had much idea about their political leanings. A few decades later, Block followed up with more surveys, looking again at personality, and this time at politics, too. The whiny kids tended to grow up conservative, and turned into rigid young adults who hewed closely to traditional gender roles and were uncomfortable with ambiguity. The confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests. The girls were still outgoing, but the young men tended to turn a little introspective. [emphasis mine] As a person with siblings and scads of cousins, who then became a mom and aunt, I can say that most whiny kids are whiny because they want attention and security. They demand their parent(s) attention by whining - because itâs the only thing that works. And, since adults who stick rigidly to traditional roles and ideas tend to do so in order to have control over their environments, it makes sense that whiners grow up to be Republicans who want control and attention.