Can everybody be sensible, yet come to different conclusions?

Here’s a few personality dimensions I use.  They show how people who disagree are not being nonsensical, but are evaluating the facts and possibilities of reality differently.   Note:  People aren’t at either dimension pole, but they tend toward one side or the other.

Stability – Dynamic Dimension(conservative to liberal)

  • Stability – see the successes of past; therefore desire to keep things the same
  • Dynamic – see the inequities of the present; therefore desire to change things
  • Although most dimensions are relatively independent of social position, Stability-Dynamic is not.
    • If you have high status, you tend to experience and see the status quo’s benefits.
    • If you have low status, you tend to experience and see the flaws in the operation of the status quo.

Pragmatism – Purism Dimension (ideological spectrum)

  • For good results, a pragmatist is willing to forego principle
  • No matter the results, a purist must adhere to principle

Risk-Reward tradeoff  (Fear-Greed tradeoff)

  • These are 2 separate dimensions that, because of the way the world works, the position you take on one dimension implies a stance in the other dimension.
  • How much risk are you willing to take to gain a potential reward?

Immediate Satisfaction – Delayed Gratification Dimension

  • Do you regularly give in to your immediate desires so that your long-term goals don’t get enough time, energy, and attention, making you fall short of them?
  • Do you plan so much for the future, that you don’t take any pleasure in the present?

Natural  – Theoretical Dimension (a basis of moral scale)

  • Naturalist believe humans developed and evolved with certain behavioral traits – eating meat, being heterosexual.  Implying those acts are natural; are right; are morally good
  • Theoreticians believe humans can act any way they envision.  The acts are possible.  The future is ours to make.  We can chose from any theoretical possible behavior.

Logical-Creative Dimension (preferred mode of thinking)

  • Logic people are exact, sticking to what they know.
  • Creative people are inexact.  They guess what is missing.
  • Logical people have words flowing around inside their head.
  • Creative people have images and ideas popping into their consciousness
    • They see relationships between things that logical thinkers call different
    • They have hunches that something is going to happen, because they’ve seen this pattern before.

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