Republicans Have More Nightmares Than Democrats
Where your politics fall on the spectrum might have deep implications for the dinner table and the voting booth, but you’d think that we’re all pretty much the same when we put our heads down at night, right? It’s all having sex with our gym teacher in public while our teeth are falling out.
Well, scientists who look into this kind of thing have done some research on how people’s political attitudes affect their dreams, and they found that whether you pressed the button for Mitt or Barack in the last election has profound implications for what your dream worlds look like. For instance, dream researcher Kelly Bulkeley found that conservatives are nearly three times as likely to suffer from nightmares as their left-wing counterparts.
During the four-year study, Bulkeley found that nearly half of the dreams described by conservatives were nightmares, compared to only 18 percent of liberal dreams. His own interpretation, which he admits is speculation, is that conservatives are “very attuned to the dangers in the world,” whereas liberals tend to be more utopian and optimistic.
But either way, this isn’t the only study to have found this — another experiment had some graduate students go through something called the KJP Dream Inventory and found that being more conservative was positively correlated with dreams about falling, being chased, and generally being discontent.
So here’s a question for you to discuss among yourselves: Does thinking like a Republican cause you to have more anxiety and scary thoughts, or does having more anxiety and scary thoughts cause you to vote Republican? We don’t want to make it sound like a bad thing either way — you could make the argument that they’re just being realistic.
And that the dreams about falling actually represent their love of extreme sports.
So what don’t Republicans dream about? Apparently, they have fewer sex dreams. We have no idea what to make of that.