How Personalities Differ Across America [MAPS]
Megan Willett Oct. 18, 2013, 5:28 PM 10,149 10
America is often painted as divided — be it by politics, economics, or word pronunciation.
But according to a new study from researchers from the University of Cambridge, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Helsinki, America may also be split up by three different psychological profiles.
The paper, which was recently published the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, looked at 1.5 million responses gathered from five different online surveys and assessed respondents across five key personality traits: Openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.
They then clustered the traits together to see which areas have the highest — and lowest — populations with these traits.
Three distinct regions emerged: the "Friendly and Conventional" states in the Midwest and South, "Related and Creative" states mainly on the West Coast, and the "Temperamental and uninhibited" states on the East Coast and in Texas.
Check out where your state falls below and see a more in-depth analysis of your region in the paper "Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States and Their Political, Economic, Social and Health Correlates."
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