Jonathan Haidt on Nature, Nurture, and the Making of Our Political Personalities


In the last 10 years, psychologists have discovered a great deal about the origins of ideology and why ideology makes it so hard for people to understand, respect, and accept each other. In the cover story from our May 2012 issue, University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt looks at the debate between nature and nurture and reveals what it says about the makings of our political personalities. Are we born to be liberals, conservatives, or libertarians? The answer may surprise you.