Why do all the psychobloggers seem to be on the right?
Roger Simon paid a nice tribute to Shrinkwrapped and some of us other psychobloggers (no, not "psycho bloggers"), even though it turned out to be based on somewhat of a case of mistaken identity re Shrinkwrapped's semi-outing. I'm very happy to be included in their company, and in Roger's praise.
I have a question, though: why is it that all those bloggers who are therapists, or who were therapists, or who are about to become therapists (or psychologists or psychiatrists or--well, I think you get the picture) seem to be either centrists, or to the right of center?
I can't find any studies on this, but it's pretty clear that the vast majority of people in these professions are of the liberal or left persuasion, Wouldn't one therefore expect that among the crowd of psychobloggers many--if not most--would be writing from a liberal/left perspective? Or, if not "many" or "most," then at least some?
I did a fairly comprehensive search for psychobloggers towards the beginning of my blogging experience, but I found none to the left of center. If I'm correct in my assumption that there are none (and please, if you find any, let me know!), can anyone explain this rather odd fact?
In the absense of knowledge, though, I'm almost never without a theory. So I'll offer one now, for what it's worth. I think we are the ones with the motive to blog. We are faced with a sense of dislocation and puzzlement, and a need to explain how we (and others) have ended up over here instead of over there, when one might have expected the opposite.
I don't think that most of the other psychobloggers are "changers" like myself (I recall, for example, that Dr. Sanity is not). But I, for one, am continually surprised at the odd trajectory my life has taken--and, when surprised, my instinct is to try to learn and to explain.