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Personality Study: Character Traits Vary From One State To Another; Which Place Is More Romantic?

Update Date: Feb 13, 2017 08:00 AM EST
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Character traits like anxiety and extroversion vary from one state to another according to a personality study. Attitudes about romance and relationship also differ.

In a paper titled "Is Virginia For Lovers? Geographic Variation In Adult Attachment Orientation" published in the Journal of Research in Personality, it revealed the different personality types and attitudes of majority of people living in a certain state. The survey looked at 127,000 adults in all 50 states of United States and found that residents of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic are more anxious in their romantic relationships than in the West Coast.

People living in Utah are one of the least anxious in their relationship and their personalities are mostly inclined to romance. However, other mountainous states are less interested in forming romantic relationships compared to Utah.

William Chopik, lead author and a psychologist at Michigan State University, said that people tend to stereotype about places. It turned out that those stereotyping is correct after all.

According to CNN, research has shown that residents in north eastern and south eastern tend to be more neurotic than the westerners. However, personality of people in south east, Midwest and Utah tend to be more agreeable than Americans living in other states.

The research goes on to say that New Yorkers are one of the most neurotic and least agreeable personalities. However, the state ranks high in terms of openness to new experiences, including Colorado, Nevada and other states in the West Coast.

Jason Rentfrow, a psychologist at the University of Cambridge, said that migration patterns, ecology and social influence the state's personality. Mark Schaller of University of British Columbia added that ecological environment can influence a person's personality. Extrovert people living in a country with a high prevalence of infectious disease may shun away from meeting total strangers.

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