Saturday, October 25, 2008

California Dreaming

A good friend once told me, "Texans think that their state is the best one in the union. Californians think that their state is the only one in the union."

As a native Californian, I think my state is pretty spectacular. Perhaps the greatest state in the history of states. I may not be able to locate Ohio on a map, but I've been to Disneyland over fifty times. And I can see the Golden Gate Bridge from my parent's attic.

Thus, I was bitterly disappointed at the results of the Geography of Personality study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science. Apparently my beloved state only ranked 38th in Extraversion, 28th in Agreeableness, and 27th in Conscientiousness. However, we did rank 37th in Neuroticism and 6th in Openness. But I expect more out of you, Golden State! I mean, we were absolutely creamed by North Dakota - what gives?

Click here to see how your state measures up and be sure to check out the interactive graphics.

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