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Donald Trump Explained - He is a Classical Social Dominator Oriented Leader - Are You? Take the Survey and Find Out.

ME has spent most of his retirement from service to the United States studying, thinking, and writing about the country he served.

What Is a Social Dominator Orientation

IF THE FOLLOWING HIGH profile Conservatives took the quiz below, I suspect, but don't know for sure, that all of them would score above 90%: Newt Gingrich, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum (maybe), Paul Ryan (maybe), and Eric Cantor. Ones who I think would score lower would be Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Ron Huntsman, Scott Brown, Ron Paul, and Mitt Romney (all, but Ron Huntsman and Scott Brown might be high RWA scorers, however). But today, the champions, in fact the poster children, are Donald Trump followed by Ted Cruz.

So, what is a Social Dominator Orientation (SDO)? Wikipedia says: "Individuals who score high in SDO desire to maintain and, in many cases, increase the differences between social statuses of different groups, as well as individual group members. Typically, they are dominant, driven, tough, and relatively uncaring seekers of power. Often, people who score high in SDO adhere strongly to belief in a "dog-eat-dog" world."; they are often leaders, either directly or of opinion ... think Rush Limbaugh. It is very important to understand SDOs because they lead a large segment of the American population; their army is largely made up of another group of people who have a different psychological profile called Right-wing Authoritarian (RWA) followers. I have written about RWAs in several other hubs.

The idea of Social Dominance Orientation derives from Social Dominance Theory (SDT), which attempts to explain why group-based inequalities and group-based social hierarchies in the world are so darn stable. According to SDT, individual people differ on the extent to which they desire group-based inequality. That is why so many questions in the quiz below are oriented in that direction. Also, as you may guess, this deals with social conservatism rather than fiscal conservatism; you can be quite fiscally conservative while still be rather socially liberal.

Research has shown that these social hierarchies can be classified into three types, age-based, gender-based, and culturally-based. Examples are, adults are held in higher esteem and have more power than children; men have more power and higher social status than women; White Americans have more power and higher social status, than Black Americans. The higher an individual ranks on the SDO scale, the more they believe this is the way things ought to be.

People who rank high on the SDO scale can come from all parts of society, but, are most often seen associated with fundamentalist-oriented religious groups of all flavors and conservative politics. In politics, an SDO often professes a strong religious belief, but a high-scoring SDO is only using this as a means to an end, it is the power they are seeking and the social order they are trying to maintain, not subservience to a Supreme Being. That is not saying they are atheist, it is only saying religion is sometimes not as important in their lives as their claims would lead one to believe.