The conscientious conservatives?

1.The relationship between conscientiousness and conservatism is very small I was talking with a friend the other day when I casually mentioned that there are no large correlations between big-five personality traits and political beliefs. He jumped in to correct me saying that obviously I didn’t mean to include conscientiousness, which was strongly correlated with … Continue reading The conscientious conservatives?

The relationship between self-enhancement and inequality is high, and that means the relationship between inequality and unhappiness is almost certainly larger than it appears.

In a study in Psychological Science a large (R=.79) correlation was found between self-enhancement as measured by higher ratings of your own abilities against others in your society and inequality, as measured by the Gini Index. In layman's terms, economic inequality is associated with people talking big game about themselves. Now this is a very … Continue reading The relationship between self-enhancement and inequality is high, and that means the relationship between inequality and unhappiness is almost certainly larger than it appears.

Googling habits suggest we are getting a lot more anxious

All graphs are either ratios of one topic or search against another topic or search, or percentages of the maximum level of interest ever achieved in a month for that topic or search. I’ve applied 12 month smoothing. Edit: As I finished writing this post I became aware that the New York times had done analysis of this … Continue reading Googling habits suggest we are getting a lot more anxious

Googling habits suggest we are getting a lot more anxious

All graphs are either ratios of one topic or search against another topic or search, or percentages of the maximum level of interest ever achieved in a month for that topic or search. I’ve applied 12 month smoothing. Edit: As I finished writing this post I became aware that the New York times had done analysis of this … Continue reading Googling habits suggest we are getting a lot more anxious