Hillary Clinton Supporters – 6 Psychological Reasons Why

by Dr. Karen Ruskin on November 6, 2016

With mounting evidence displaying verifiable proof that Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is corrupt and has been for quite some time, has put national security at risk, has lied under oath, has a pattern of blaming others rather than taking ownership of behaviors, cannot be trusted to put the country first rather is quite skilled in the game of pay to play, the question on the table is: what is the psychology of why there remains many whom are still voting for her? Today’s article answers this very question providing 6 psychological reasons why there are many Hillary Clinton supporters who remain loyal to date.

Through my lens as a Psychotherapist and specialist in human behavior/human relations, it has been my observation that there are 6 main reasons as to why there are those of whom will continue to support someone significant in our life of whom has done us wrong, even illegal, harmful and hurtful behaviors, even behavior that has placed our safety and security at risk and by this very pattern displayed will continue to put us in harms way. Whether a Presidential candidate, a spouse, or a close family member such as a sibling, or a long-time friend, below are the 6 reasons why there are many who protect, defend and remain loyal to such a person. These 6 reasons apply to each as mentioned, though today’s article the focal point is on the relationship a person has with their presidential candidate, specifically, Hillary Clinton.

6 reasons why there are many who will vote for Hillary even though her actions in most other industries she would have been convicted, or at least black balled, rather than protected to date.

1) Compartmentalization/Denial (i.e., Vote party and compartmentalize her actions thus denial of the entire Hillary. As such, embrace only and see only what one wants and yearns to see which is seeing portions of Hillary. e.g., Ignore actions such as pay to play).

2) Separation of Self (i.e., The perceived belief that Hillary’s corrupt actions won’t affect one’s own self and one’s family personally. Wanting the other items one believes Hillary represents, with blinders on, seeing those items only).

3) Rationalization (i.e., The belief that all politicians lie and therefore her lies are ok. The rationalization that since she wasn’t convicted for her proven wrongs, then her actions are not so bad).

4) Externalization (i.e., a. Blame others for observable problems, e.g., right wing conspiracy, and/or b. Re-direct the problem focus onto a different topic within the opposing candidate; Trump).

5) Stability vs Visionary (i.e., A perception of safety and security by keeping the familiar for it feels stable vs fear of the unknown. Thus not allowing one’s self to consider the unfamiliar as an option. The imagination/vision for what can be is experienced as fearful for the alternative possible reality to what is familiar is deemed unstable when unfamiliar).

6) Rose Colored Glasses (i.e., The memory of whom one remembers believing Hillary to have been along with what one thought she represented, and as such holding onto this rosy visual, rather than seeing her through the lens of whom she has become).

 

 

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