Quite simply, if while engaged in your life's work you can cause a grevious error without being required to pay a cost, 9 out of 10 times you are a "liberal".
If instead your error causes you embarrassment, loss of prestige or financial drain, then you are almost guaranteed to be "conservative".
This defining trait seems to ring true no matter where on the globe you reside, and towards which political persuation you think you lean.
For their entire life liberals seem to function on OPM, while conservatives habitually keep an eye out for the "bottom line". Apparently. it is just that simple.