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Bad dreams haunt right-wingers

发布时间:2019-03-06 05:20:01来源:未知点击:

By Nicola Jones The further your politics lean to the right the more likely you are to have nightmares, according to a dream researcher from Santa Clara University in California. Kelly Bulkeley found that US Republicans are almost three times more likely to have bad dreams than Democrats. “That’s a lot. No wonder they’re twitching all the time,” says Rick Hess, spokesman for the Democratic party in Washington DC. “Even during the election Bush was saying some pretty scary things. If I were a Republican right now, I’d be having nightmares too.” But Kevin Sheridan, deputy press secretary for the Republican National Committee in Washington DC responds: “If we are it’s because we’re left cleaning up the mess left by eight years of Bill Clinton. We sleep better now Bush is in the White House.” Bulkeley was himself born into a Republican family but usually votes Democrat and admires the Greens. He looked at more than four years of dreams reported by 56 college students around the US. Half of the participants were women, half men, half very conservative and half very liberal. Along with two colleagues who didn’t know the political affiliation of the dreamers, Bulkeley analysed all the dreams. He presented his results at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Dreams at Santa Cruz on Wednesday. Bulkeley found that half of the Republicans’ dreams were nightmares, compared to only 18 per cent of the Democrats’ dreams. “What’s striking is that the nightmares of people on the right are more nightmarish. They were bleaker. There was more hopelessness,” he says. Several people, for example, dreamt that their families were killed. But in the liberal version the murdered father came back to life and the dreamer had a chance to confront the killer. Republicans also tended to have more life-like dreams Bulkeley says. And the right-leaning women seemed to be more anxious about things like accidental pregnancies, including one who dreamt that her baby turned into a kitten. Bulkeley says these results may confirm other studies which show that right-leaning people are more aggressive and suffer from more misfortune. He speculates the results could be linked to several personality traits, such as realism and repressed anxiety on the part of conservatives, or creativity and utopian naÏvety on the part of liberals. But with so few subjects Bulkeley admits the results could also be due to chance: “This is a study that needs to be filed under suggestive rather than definitive.” Bulkeley says the study was forced to be so small because he could only find 14 right-leaning males, while he was flooded with left-leaning females. Since he used a standard method of recruiting volunteers,