This is a partial transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," January 6, 2006 that has been edited for clarity.
HANNITY: As we continue on "Hannity & Colmes," I'm Sean Hannity.
Earlier Alan and I spoke with Dr. Laura Schlessinger about a brand new book, just out today, miners story for a second. And this is a heart wrenching and heartbreaking story, obviously. And it's not just losing a parent. It's also thinking — or losing a child. You think they're — first you think they're gone. Then you think they're alive. Then you find out that they're gone. Is anybody ever equipped to cope with something like that?
SCHLESSINGER: Not in the immediate. But, you know, most people are going to collapse, be hysterical, be angry, go through emotions that look completely irrational, and I call that normal.
Most of these people, after some period of time, will be resilient enough to incorporate it in and move on. You see, all these families have a story about the love the family had. The person is physically lost but the history isn't. And that's what ultimately is going to be special about these families; they all have stories to tell.
Your dad risked his life to provide energy for the country and to take care of his family. He is our hero. That's a good story to tell.
SCHLESSINGER: As opposed to he just went off.
COLMES: Imagine the person that has to walk into that room, in that church and then tell these families, "You know, what we told you three hours ago..."
SCHLESSINGER: Isn't true.
COLMES: "... isn't true."
SCHLESSINGER: The insanity of the moment, I can't even imagine the pain. That is — to go up that high and slam down that hard is horrible. But you know, most people keep their hopes up anyway, because we all hope for the best, of course.
COLMES: Are people basically optimistic? Are people basically half full or half empty, on the glass?
SCHLESSINGER: I think it depends on the person.
HANNITY: Conservatives are half full.
SCHLESSINGER: I tend a little to the half empty.
COLMES: They're half full because the liberals pour into the glass.
HANNITY: Because you want to still from those guys.
COLMES: The liberal handout that we pour into the glass.
SCHLESSINGER: You grow up in a critical household you tend to be on the half empty. Because you know, if it's not totally full it might as well be.
COLMES: Two children, same household, getting back to your book. Same parents, same experiences. One becomes a liberal, one becomes a conservative. Why?
SCHLESSINGER: Because people are born with different dispositions. How many kids do you have?
SCHLESSINGER: How many kids do you have?
SCHLESSINGER: Do you notice, right out of the hopper, their personalities are different.
COLMES: I'd say they'd better be liberal.
HANNITY: But they're both conservative.
COLMES: You don't know yet.
HANNITY: Seven and 4. I know.
SCHLESSINGER: When they start rebelling.
HANNITY: Four years old, there aren't any liberals in the whole family, Doctor.
COLMES: Go ahead. You know how good it would be for him to have a son with a ponytail and an earring?
HANNITY: You wished that the day he was born.
COLMES: But is it nature or nurture that creates these mindsets?
SCHLESSINGER: It is an interweaving.
HANNITY: This is a great book. Because I know so many people that are struggling in their adulthood because of childhood experiences. I'm glad you wrote it.
SCHLESSINGER: I don't think there's a person who can't benefit from the book.
HANNITY: I have.
SCHLESSINGER: Because we each have something...
HANNITY: Everybody does.
SCHLESSINGER: ... that we have a habit pattern about because of our childhood that isn't the best thing in our marriages or our work.
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