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    The Personality of States

    The Wall Street Journal ran a story today about a study identifying major personality traits of the different states. The lead researcher was Peter Jason Rentfrow, lecturer at the University of Cambridge in England and the article is published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.

    Pretty interesting findings - and not exactly what one might expect. For instance, West Virginia came in as the most neurotic. North Dakota, most extraverted and most agreeable.

    Closer to home, the great state of Georgia is extraverted, agreeable, and conscientious with a touch of the Neurotic. Not very Open though… but we’re working on it.

    The United States of Mind
    Researchers Identify Regional Personality Traits Across America

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    I like reading these kinds of things because they are fun.

    But it raises my epidemiological blood pressure to no end.

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    I'm interested in hearing what people's stereotypical notions of various state residents are. Are the same stereotypes really perceived universally or even regionally?
    e.g. isn't every single person who lives in Florida a blue haired out-state geriatric transplant? And everyone in Michigan spends those few days of the year where a blizzard isn't raging heading downtown to collect either their unemployment or welfare check? Aren't all people that live in Maine either fishermen or lumberjacks?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    This proves to the many down here who think otherwise that Oklahoma is different from Texas and identifies more with the Great Plains states and Midwest, culturally, than either the Southwest or the South (or Texas).

    Speaking of Texas, it seemed to fall in the middle of almost everything. Does that mean we're well-balanced and diverse, or just boring?

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    This proves to the many down here who think otherwise that Oklahoma is different
    No argument with this part of the sentence.

    This is just another example of psychologists throwing geography into a study title to give themselves some credibility. As a geographer, it's really p*sses me off!
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    I think that it goes more by regions then by political jurisdictions.
    There was a book out a few years ago I think the name was the Nine Great Nations of North American It was written by a editor from the Washinton Post if I remember correctly, He based it on stories sent in from around the country,
    I know having worked in a few states scattered through out the country (cant hold a job) that one side of a state can have a different culture from another part of the same state. Certain words will have different meanings in different regions
    Also behavior patterns seem to change by region

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    I live in NJ....I don't think there is anything to be said.
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    There's also the chicken or the egg question.. as they brought up in the article. Do people with certain personality traits move to locations with that particular reputation? Migrate to be with their own kind of temperment, so to speak?

    For instance, I'm originally from Oklahoma (born in Payne County went to school at OSU) and settled in Georgia. Was I just seeking out a place that was more Open than OK, but not as Open as California... but with the same level of Agreeableness?

    I think certain states do have definate reputations... I would have expected New York (perhaps I watch a little too much Woody Allen) to be the most Neurotic... not, by any stretch, West Virginia.

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    This proves to the many down here who think otherwise that Oklahoma is different from Texas and identifies more with the Great Plains states and Midwest, culturally, than either the Southwest or the South (or Texas).

    Speaking of Texas, it seemed to fall in the middle of almost everything. Does that mean we're well-balanced and diverse, or just boring?
    I hear Oklahoma is more fun because it has casinos and Texas doesn't.

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    Speaking of Texas, it seemed to fall in the middle of almost everything. Does that mean we're well-balanced and diverse, or just boring?
    "Ain't nothin' in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos."
    Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower.

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    I hear Oklahoma is more fun because it has casinos and Texas doesn't.
    The Oklahoma Casinos I've seen aren't exactly what one thinks about when one thinks of, say, Las Vegas. No Donald Trump or MGM Grands in the entire territory.

    When the Oakies left Oklahoma and moved to California, it raised the I.Q. of both states.
    Will Rogers

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    ^I'd have to say that makes the Buffalo casino look like a palace.

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    I have lived in five states and visited 43.

    No disputes with the findings . . . .

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