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  •  Are RWA's children covered in this book? (1+ / 0-)
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    Or maybe all we need are RWA's attitudes to school and how they did in school. Most interesting to me, and likely most plentiful, are the RWAs who were not good students.

    I have a very half-baked theory that RWAs hate to make mistakes. I think they are highly embarrassed and, more correctly, shamed by their mistakes and want to cover them up as much as possible.  

    They seem to me to lack the capacity to learn from mistakes because of this attitude.

    Am I off-base here?

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    by Glinda on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 04:11:09 PM PST

    •  Re: Are RWA's children covered n this book? (1+ / 0-)
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      Hi Glinda - the short answer is yes. Chapter 2 of Altemeyer's book The Authoritarians is a good place to start learning about how authoritarians raise their children and what the impact is.

      WRT RWAs learning from mistakes . . . I have not run into a discussion specifically about the scenario you describe. We do know, that high RWAs are very dogmatic and they are dogmatic because their learning style and strategy is to uncritically accept whatever the authorities tell them. They do not learn by trial-and-error. To learn from mistakes, one must be able to change one's notion of what is true using internal cues and analytical processing. High RWAs learn by opening their heads and having their authorities/teachers pour information in. Go back and revisit the section on how authoritarians think and read it with an eye to seeing if that can account for your observation. I think it will . . .

      "The water won't clear up 'til we get the hogs out of the creek." -- Jim Hightower

      by lartwielder on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:26:46 PM PST

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