Sunday, November 09, 2008

Libertarians - Most Voters are Not Like Us - It is an Emotional Decision for Them

It is my opinion that Libertarians generally have trouble empathizing with voters who make emotional decisions (feelings). Libertarians tend to spend much time studying an issue and attempting to make a deliberate and rational decision (thinking).

The problem is that many voters do value decision making by their feelings over decision making by thinking (feelings and thinking as defined by the Myers-Briggs test). One is not better than the other in Myers-Briggs, but it is a way to describe how people work and why.

My wife, who tests strongly in the "feelings" category, argues that it is the best way to make the decision. I, on the other had, fall in the "thinking" category, and argue that it is the best way for decision making. Perhaps neither of us are right or wrong, for what may be best is what suits our personality type.

Another large group of voters are busy and do the best they can. Their passion is elsewhere, such as their favorite sport or craft, but they believe it is important to vote. They just don't won't spend much time on it. They probably make an emotional decision when they vote.

Another large group of voters are too busy making enough money to pay the mortgage and give their kids a good start in life. They probably make an emotional decision when they vote.

Abdul Hakim Shabazz, in his blog Indiana Barrister, today opines:

"I’m amazed at how many people who think they understand politics, but can’t seem to grasp the fact that voting is as much an emotional decision as it is anything else."

What do you all think?

1 comment:

michael j pastor said...

Feeling, in Jungian/Myers-Briggs terms, is NOT emotions. It's values. Feeling was Jung's term from early 20th century Swiss-German vocabulary.

And don't presume that Libertarians are all Thinkers. The very personal values that Libertarians treasure are those of Introverted Feeling (Fi) which is exhibited in the MBTI type code xxFP.