wide focus

wide focus

Wide focus is one of the political personality dimensions examined in the political personality quiz.
The opposite of wide focus is narrow focus.

This dimensions is a measure of scope how big is one's "circle of concern", or what range of topics they will care to participate in. Are you thinking globally or locally? You spend more time thinking about things in your neighborhood, and about issues that directly affect you and your family? Alternatively do you follow closely developments in the international scene? Which level of government can you see yourself being elected at?


Wide focus individuals tend to believe:
  • society needs a "paradigm shift"
  • change needs to happen at the national or international level, untill then local activism is just "spitting against the wind".
  • systemic changes can happen if large numbers of people make small contributions.
  • human nature changes over time
  • nations and civilizations go through stages of development like individuals do.
Wide focus people disagree with:
  • a program of incremental changes.
  • addressing the symptoms rather than the "root causes".
  • temporary fixes.

Relevant issues

war on terrorism,foreign aid,UN reform,global poverty,climate change,monetary reform.

Statements used in the PPQ

  • I tend to follow news sources from outside my country.
  • If someone named a country, I could probably point to it on an unmarked globe.
  • I think I could estimate roughly what Switzerland’s GDP is.
  • national sovereignty is less important than it used to be.
  • To achieve progress, we really have to change the whole system.

Statements proposed for the PPQ

(propose a statement) You must make a firm break with the old to make the new possible. Our civilization is headed for a collapse. Human nature never really changes.

Comments and Observations

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