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From the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology:

"Results...identified 3 robust psychological profiles: Friendly & Conventional, Relaxed &
Creative, and Temperamental & Uninhibited. The psychological profiles were found to cluster geographically
and displayed unique patterns of associations with key geographical indicators....
....
In many respects, the Friendly & Conventional region reflects Middle America, or
“Red” states. Not only is this region in the geographical center of
the country, the psychological profile and all the social indicators
betray a region that is marked by conservative social values. The
region is defined by moderately high levels of Extraversion,
Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness, moderately low Neuroticism,
and very low Openness. This configuration of traits portrays
the sort of person who is sociable, considerate, dutiful, and traditional....
....
The Relaxed & Creative region comprises predominantly states along the West Coast, Rocky
Mountains, and Sunbelt....States in this region are among the most popular
destinations for people with college degrees and for non-Whites.
The psychological profile of this region is marked by low Extraversion
and Agreeableness, very low Neuroticism, and very high
Openness.
....
The Temperamental & Uninhibited region comprises states predominantly in the Mid-
Atlantic and Northeast. This region is made up of the quintessential
Blue states. The psychological profile of the region is defined
by low Extraversion, very low Agreeableness and Conscientiousness,
very high Neuroticism, and moderately high Openness. This
particular configuration of traits depicts the type of person who is
reserved, aloof, impulsive, irritable, and inquisitive."

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The South (except for Virginia) tended more to be Friendly and Conventional. Parts of the South were more Relaxed and Creative (Georgia, SC, NC, and VA). Louisiana was the most Temperamental and Uninhibited Southern state (obviously due to that Cajun influence...obviously.)
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 06:00:08 PM »
See orthonorm I was right! People are different in PA compared to CO.
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 06:08:15 PM »
See orthonorm I was right! People are different in PA compared to CO.
Yeah, we are neurotic!  Welcome to the funny farm.  :laugh:
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2013, 06:11:33 PM »
So it looks like our regional stereotypes are highly accurate?

Whenever I see psychological studies like this, I can't help but think: Is this a soft science masquerading as a hard science?


Also, Jetavan, I look forward to these articles you periodically post. It is a little bit of a relief from the din that is the rest of this forum.
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2013, 06:12:03 PM »
See orthonorm I was right! People are different in PA compared to CO.
Yeah, we are neurotic!  Welcome to the funny farm.  :laugh:

Did they measure you with a neurotometer?

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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2013, 06:13:24 PM »
Time online has a good piece on this paper. I like the concluding statement.

"Political values may exaggerate the temperamental differences and a sense of tribalism may emerge,” he concedes, “but these things all come from a mix of common personality types. The Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic may be very different from the Rockies and the West, for example, but openness is a big part of both personality profiles.”

That simple idea might be the best message we can take from the study. We’re less a nation of warring tribes and angry camps than we are a loud, boisterous, messy mix of geography, social history and the unpredictable X factors of human personality, all trying to make a go of things under the same national flag. In other words, we’re exactly what the Founding Fathers intended us to be."



Read more: http://science.time.com/2013/10/22/the-united-states-of-attitude-an-interactive-guide-to-americas-moods/#ixzz2iaS0ihnw

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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2013, 06:16:48 PM »
See orthonorm I was right! People are different in PA compared to CO.
Yeah, we are neurotic!  Welcome to the funny farm.  :laugh:

Did they measure you with a neurotometer?
Apparently so.  That is what the report says, so who am I to argue with that.  :P
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2013, 06:20:26 PM »
Since neurosis is, to my knowledge, no longer used as a clinical psychological term, I wonder what on earth the article means by it?

Am I being neurotic?

This is making me nervous.

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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2013, 06:24:03 PM »
See orthonorm I was right! People are different in PA compared to CO.
Yeah, we are neurotic!  Welcome to the funny farm.  :laugh:
Well dude I really need to considerably step up my game.

My comebacks have been terrible.

But are we saying neurotic in the aspect of changing moods, or about observations of other people?
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2013, 09:01:46 AM »
A map would be enormously helpful here, just so those who are somewhere will know where they are and how to "be" ;D:



For those needing more detail, or with poor eyesight:




Sorry, couldn't find a separate one of Cluster 1, so you "Friendly and Conventional" folks will just have to continue to be, well, somewhere in the amorphous middle  ;D
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2013, 09:06:01 AM »
Leave it to someone in the neurotic zone to spazz out about the lack of a map.  ;D
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2013, 09:17:05 AM »
Leave it to someone in the neurotic zone to spazz out about the lack of a map.  ;D
LOL!! ;D

I can hardly wait for someone it the psychotic zone to make an appearance. :angel:
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2013, 09:19:39 AM »
And, of course, everyone forgets about Alaska.

Typical. >:(
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2013, 09:24:19 AM »
And, of course, everyone forgets about Alaska.

Typical. >:(

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(Actually, no one forgot it.  It's just that there aren't enough "people" there to conduct any kind of viable, relevant study.  And the ones there are all depressed or speak with Midwestern accents, so.....there ya go! ;D ;D)
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2013, 09:32:57 AM »
I would make a crack about Sarah Palin, but we aren't in Politics...  :P
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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2013, 09:39:14 AM »
I would make a crack about Sarah Palin, but we aren't in Politics...  :P

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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2013, 09:42:54 AM »
Please separate Virginia....."the North" is anywhere above Charlottesville.......

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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2013, 10:02:52 AM »
I would make a crack about Sarah Palin, but we aren't in Politics...  :P

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Re: Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States
« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2013, 10:11:46 AM »
Please separate Virginia....."the North" is anywhere above Charlottesville.......

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Virginia appears to be somewhat of a gray area  ;D.  Whatever could that mean?!?! 8)
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