Super-cool study: Which U.S. state do you belong in?
Take a test to find out which part of the country your mood and temperament reflect, based on data from over 1 million people
Thu Oct 24 2013
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An extensive new study has put America's mood on the map. The 13-year project, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, surveyed 1.6 million Americans to measure their personality based on the following traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism (the descriptors are also referred to with the acronym OCEAN).
The results were tallied and can be visualized on the above map. To summarize, the West Coast, Rocky Mountains and Sun Belt were dubbed "relaxed and conventional"; the South and Midwest, described as "friendly and conventional"; and New England and the mid-Atlantic states deemed "temperamental and uninhibited." For the record: New York was termed the third most open state…and the fourth most neurotic, which should surprise no one who lives here.
To find out whether your personality meshes with your state of residence—or birth—you can take a ten-question personality test (it's an abbreviated version of the massive OCEAN test). The results will ascertain what state's personality most resembles your profile, often with surprising results; this California-raised, Brooklyn-residing writer was told she belonged in South Carolina.
(h/t Time Science & Space)