Thursday, September 25, 2008

Does your space reflect your political leaning?

Yet again, Yahoo news has treated me to finding this article on It refers to a study by New York University psychologist John Jost and his fellow researchers, which will be published in PoliticalPsychology. The researchers looked at office spaces as well as dorm rooms.

I think you can guess how this goes. Conservative=organized. Liberal=creative and messy.

"Specifically, individuals who reported a more conservative ideology also had bedrooms that contained more organizational and cleaning supplies, including calendars, postage stamps, ironing boards and laundry baskets.

Liberals' rooms on the other hand were marked by more clutter, including more CDs, a greater variety of CDs, a greater variety of books and more color in the room in general. "

I personally HATE when people equate messiness with creativity. And now, political leanings? Sheesh. Sometimes being organized takes creativity.  I'm pretty organized. Not anally retentive or anything. But I like to put everything in its place and enjoy the process of putting it there. Right now, in my office, I have a few doo dads on my desk, and one or 2 piles of books, but for the most part, I have things in files. I just wiped the desktop down too. And, if you think that shows I'm a conservative, you're wrong. But if you want to REALLY be surprised, go to my Obama-supporting colleague's office. Pretty much the only thing he has in there is his Obama sticker.

The researchers acknowledge that not every conservative/liberal follows these decor leanings. Though I can't help but wonder if there's an underlying prejudice affecting these findings. If I am extremely bored one day, maybe I'll track down the journal when it comes out and read through the research.

Photo of Michele Obama in her not-so-disorganized looking home is from Chicago Magazine.

1 comment:

  1. Here's my vote for "bias from the surveyors."
    My level of messiness changes more often than my political leanings do.


Since you have great taste in blogs, I don't think I have to tell you to be nice to each other...and don't spam me. Thanks!