Why do people vote against their self-interests?

by Sam Mcmichael

Why do people vote against their self-interests? Those attracted to social dominance are less empathetic. Empathic response is predominately organized in the right hemisphere (see Decety and Jackson, 2004, for a meta-analysis). This is certainly evidence for the hemisphericity theory of political orientation.

Among humans, the social value of dominance behavior is seen in the rapid increase in support for social dominance during successful periods of warfare. Across species, dominant animals are more responsible for defense and territorial acquisition, and can provide many benefits to those lower in the social hierarchy. Thus, an attraction to dominance has been under considerable Darwinian pressure.








Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s