The Personalities of America

I saw this post the other day on Marginal Revolution which linked to maps from a study called “A Theory of the Emergence, Persistence, and Expression of Geographic Variation in Psychological Characteristics” which purports to show how personality varies regionally. For example, check out the map below the fold showing where all the crazies at.

I’m afraid I don’t have much to add to this, other than to say that I sort of knew there was always a reason I felt most comfortable on the East Coast. Another not-so-surprising map is this one on “Extraversion.”

The myth of the friendly midwesterner, it would seem, is true. However, for all the northeast’s neuroticism and all the midwest’s friendliness, check out the map on “Openness.”


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