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    Personality Geography

    I don't have any initial Ice Breaking thoughts to add to this, but I felt it warranted placement here instead of in Map Porn.

    An article on the BBC plots the results of a Cambridge University survey of clustering of Big 5 Personality attributes across Britain.






    And a cursory crawl on the web netted
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    The Scots Highlanders are more agreeable? However will they live that down?
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    Looks like I wouldn't like Kirkcaldy. It's full of unconscientious extroverts. But I live in a temperamental and uninhibited region now so I guess I'd be used to unconscientious extroverts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrionzRevenge View Post





    It kinda puts a dent in the notion that personality (at least as self-described) is more Nature than Nurture.
    If you ask me, there's a bit of a C. vs. B. clash on this board.

    Even if the underlying type is the same, it might be interacting with different environments, which has an effect on the expression of the personality.

    Also interesting are the areas that overlap, like Maryland and New York.
    Last edited by msg_v2; 03-25-2015 at 04:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrionzRevenge View Post
    It kinda puts a dent in the notion that personality (at least as self-described) is more Nature than Nurture.
    I consider it to be layering effect.

    Also, it depends on the volatility of the population, to some degree, and possibly in either direction. People can always move to areas that "suit their personalities better" so you will get a collective shift over time. Or from the other direction, if families stay in the same geographical region, you have some kind of genetic and upbringing connection .... bound populations can develop their own traits over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charde View Post
    I consider it to be layering effect.

    Also, it depends on the volatility of the population, to some degree, and possibly in either direction. People can always move to areas that "suit their personalities better" so you will get a collective shift over time. Or from the other direction, if families stay in the same geographical region, you have some kind of genetic and upbringing connection .... bound populations can develop their own traits over time.
    The Northeast is kind of the center of European immigration to the U.S. First there are the original English settlers, the Protestant religious dissidents of one stripe or another, then you have German and Irish immigration, and later Jewish and Italian immigration, then the "Great Migration", then people from other parts of the world. I wonder if that's responsible for the character of the Northeast. I guess I'd like to see a map of the same thing for Australia and Canada, with particular interest in the regions around Sydney and Toronto. I'd guess Sydney and Toronto would be magnets for immigrant communities.

    I'm not sure if it's possible to tie Texas and Louisiana in with that analysis.

    I wonder what happens if someone has parents that are from one region, but their parents raised them in another. Like, my parents are from Illinois, but I lived most of my life in Pennsylvania. I've definitely thought that people seemed friendlier in Chicago; it's good to see some data confirming that this isn't just me.

    I suspect you get some kind of hybrid.
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