America’s Mood Map: Where do You Belong?

A friend of mine from grad school (we have actual degrees in Southern Studies! So cool, so interesting, so region-fantastic!) shared this link from Time Magazine. It’s a study of U.S. citizens’ personalities, how we rate ourselves on openness, agreeableness (didn’t know that was a word?!) and such. 

The researcher found three distinct regions or personality zones. I hail from the “friendly and conventional” South and Midwest. And I like that description, I would agree. I like to think of myself as friendly and courteous, and I’m certainly conventional, all about responsibility, hierarchy and just doing the right thing.

I live in the “relaxed and creative” West, and while I can’t say I agree that what I’ve seen in California is more creative, it is more “come as you are.” At first, that kind of drove me a little bit nuts (in clothing, in planning for what to do the next weekend) but I’m adjusting. I’m becoming Southern-Pacific!

So take the test, and see where the researchers think you’ll best fit in. 

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

The test’s validity seemed right by its selection for me, and my friend’s result was where she grew up and where she now lives: Georgia. My result was North Carolina: a blend of Southern convention and hospitality with creative calm. I think North Carolina is an almost perfect result for me– just a hundred and fifty miles or so west of their state line is my home sweet home!

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