In other words, conservatives have uncomplicated and non-stressful ways of explaining away social and economic inequalities because they believe the "haves" achieved what they have based on hard work, talent or personal achievement, while the "have nots" simply didn't work hard enough. In that belief system, there is full justification for keeping and perpetuating a status quo as well as the ideal that if you work hard enough (no matter what) you can achieve whatever you want to be without outside help.
This is a huge insight on the topic. This goes back to Ronald Reagan's presidency. Reagan espoused the idea that the individual should be self-reliant and that government should not be a stop gap. This aligns with the conservative mindset that "I earned this therefor it is mine to do with as I choose. Go earn your own."
Conversely, Leftists (not Liberals) believe all property is State property. Leftists are not concerned with narrowing the gap between haves and have-nots, but believe there should be no classes. Leftists believe in absolute equality in all respects of life.
This is why equality is no longer a concern of the Left, but equity. Equity is equal outcome without equal participation or equal qualification. Everyone should be accepted into college regardless of grades. Everyone should receive equal pay regardless of actual or potential output.
One believes he is his own master and in total control of his destiny. One believes in mass suffering can only be ended through totalitarian government. The human brain is an organ and like all organ has one purpose - prolong life. The brain creates anxiety when it perceives danger or harm. Not being in control is an example of danger perceived by the brain. So, if one believes that control can only be accomplished by a totalitarian government forcing equity I can see why that person would have high anxiety living in a country that is based on individual freedom.