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L’ennui favoriserait les opinions politiques extrêmes

 

 

 

 

  1. Wijnand A. P. Van Tilburg1,* and
  2. Eric R. Igou2

Version of Record online: 21 JUN 2016

DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2205

Keywords:

  • boredom;
  • meaning;
  • political orientation;
  • ideology;
  • existential psychology

Abstract

Boredom makes people attempt to re-establish a sense of meaningfulness. Political ideologies, and in particular the adherence to left- versus right-wing beliefs, can serve as source of meaning. Accordingly, we tested the hypothesis that boredom is associated with the stronger adherence to left- versus right-wing beliefs, resulting in more extreme political orientations. Study 1 demonstrates that experimentally induced boredom leads to more extreme political orientations. Study 2 indicates that people who get easily bored with their environment adhere to more extreme ends of a political spectrum compared with their less easily bored counterparts. Finally, study 3 reveals that the relatively extreme political orientations among those who are easily bored can be attributed to their enhanced search for meaning. Overall, our research suggests that extreme political orientations are, in part, a function of boredom’s existential qualities. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

 
 
 

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