The Lib and the Con

They are distinguished by their preconceived notions. The Con or authoritarian person is convinced that the individual must be positively directed, if he is not to go wrong. In other words, the individual cnnot be trusted to his own devices.

That this preconceived notion is consistent with a desire to give orders may be intentional or accidental. In any event, the authoritarian is content to give orders without worrying about their effect. Indeed, many an authoritarian has no interest nterest at all in consequence. GivIng orders and being personally agreed with is often enough, regardless od any follow through. You coukd say the Con is into personal relatins in a big way. Schmoozing and gossip are his M.O. The socializing has no goal.

The Lib, on the other hand, operates from the preconceived notion that individuals are entitled and able to do their own thing–that they are self-starters. Dorection comes into play only when behavior steps out of bounds and interferes with someone else. Where the authoritarian favors pro-active law enforcement, the Lib is “hands off.”

This turns out to be a big problem because it leaves the Cons in a sea of uncertainty. What will they do, if there is no-one to tell them what to do. Even worse, when Libs do tell them what to do and expect results, that ends up being wrong. Cons deliver nothing but agreement. Theirs is a mutual appreciation society. Libs withholding appreciatiOn is an insult.

So, how is one to win?