Over many decades of study, people have found that there are five main personality types. However, researchers have been questioning if the five personality traits are evenly distributed across the world, or if these personalities a result of geography. According to a US National Science Foundation study involving over 75 million Americans, “personalities are not randomly distributed but are clustered into distinct geographic patterns. Residents of the Mid-Atlantic and New England states are relatively stressed, irritable and depressed, whereas West Coast residents are more emotionally stable, relaxed and calm than the rest of the country. The two coasts are quite similar on other traits, though. Traits associated with intellect, such as creativity, imagination, and openness, are higher in the Northeast and West Coast than in the Central and Southern states, where people are more pragmatic, straightforward and traditional. Compared with the rest of the country, residents of the Central and Southern states are also more neighbourly, friendly and generous.” There could be many reasons for this outcome. People could be moving to certain geographical areas that meet their needs. They could be moving for a job or an educational opportunity. Another reason for personality distribution is social influence. In fact, a study done at the University of Virginia found interesting results when the researchers asked students if they prefer the ocean or mountains? The researchers found that those individuals who had introverted personality types favored the mountains, while the extroverts preferred the beach. People in one area who certain personality traits will project their traits onto other people. The last explanation for personality distribution is that the environment can have a large influence on people’s behaviors. Climate has a large effect on the activities people can engage in, therefore, climate can change the attitudes of people. In conclusion, people with related personality traits are likely to be found in the same geographic regions.Tags: geographylocationpersonalitytraits
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