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    Extroverts Prefer Plains, Introverts Like Mountains

    There's a very curious link between topography and personality.



    People who live in mountainous U.S. states are more introverted than their fellow Americans in the flatter states. That curious link between topography and personality is proposed by a recent article in the Journal of Research in Personality.

    The article, titled “Personality and Geography: Introverts Prefer Mountains," contains a fascinating graph, linking elevation difference to large-scale personality data from all 50 states and D.C.

    States on the left of the graph are flatter than states on the right; states at the bottom have relatively more introverts than states at the top of the graph. Alaska, by far the most mountainous state, is among the most introverted — only preceded by Maryland and New Hampshire (which are, however, much less incidented). North Dakota, America's most extroverted state, is also one of its flatter ones. Extroversion runners-up Wisconsin and D.C. are almost pancake-flat too.



    The graph does not explain whether people become introverted in a mountain state, or flat-state introverts have a tendency to head for the hilly parts of the country. The old nature versus nurture debate, in other words. But in a very strange context.

    Full article here in the Journal of Research in Personality.

    Source: BigThink
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    I hate living in the Plains, but can't afford to move to the mountains until after I retire. If then...
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    I can appreciate both, I am introverted and I think if I had to choose I would go mountains but I don't think that has much with being introverted and more just wanting some variation in my surroundings.
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    The mountains draw in great men, like a magnetic field, rapidly stimulating their development. Jesus was said to be a Jew yet he went up mountains and visited lakes to pray in solitude. The plain-dwelling shepherds likewise possess this faculty, but to a lesser extent. Considering how it was a despised occupation in antiquity, I feel no need to make considerable concessions to shepherding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech View Post
    There's a very curious link between topography and personality.



    People who live in mountainous U.S. states are more introverted than their fellow Americans in the flatter states. That curious link between topography and personality is proposed by a recent article in the Journal of Research in Personality.

    The article, titled “Personality and Geography: Introverts Prefer Mountains," contains a fascinating graph, linking elevation difference to large-scale personality data from all 50 states and D.C.

    States on the left of the graph are flatter than states on the right; states at the bottom have relatively more introverts than states at the top of the graph. Alaska, by far the most mountainous state, is among the most introverted — only preceded by Maryland and New Hampshire (which are, however, much less incidented). North Dakota, America's most extroverted state, is also one of its flatter ones. Extroversion runners-up Wisconsin and D.C. are almost pancake-flat too.



    The graph does not explain whether people become introverted in a mountain state, or flat-state introverts have a tendency to head for the hilly parts of the country. The old nature versus nurture debate, in other words. But in a very strange context.

    Full article here in the Journal of Research in Personality.

    Source: BigThink
    Will it make any sense if that date and this map would be connected?



    Plain areas are ''boring''.

    I like these scenery ... small fields with mountains.

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    None of those 3 are EU-countries, but I could move to Norway just like that (as being citizen of another Nordic countries).
    I also think that average level Swiss people would be more set against me moving there than Norwegians to Norway. NZ? No idea (Kiwis). It is far and their Visa-process looks pretty hard.

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    Strange, I remember from another thread that Bavarians are extroverted, and Germans from the plains (more) introverted... So maybe it’s more about social factors than topography... or Germany would be happier if introverts from the plains moved into the mountains and Bavarians to the plains

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    Oddly enough I've always felt drawn to the ocean. Something about that wide open space where the land and the ocean meet.

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    I lived at the outskirts of Los Angeles since 1963. I always lived in rural areas with hills and mountains about 50 miles away from the city. Flat lands are not for me. The beach was always 1 to 2 hours away. Was there maybe 3 to 4 times. I hated that fishy smell of the water and prefer breathing the smell around pine trees.

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    I've seen the rockies that was a magnificent sight. I saw the atlantic ocean out near New Hampshire and Maine. I was beautiful out there.

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    Do these people get paid to make this stuff up? How is North Dakota one of the most extroverted states??? Ridiculous. It's full of Norwegians, yet supposedly Norwegians are mostly introverts because they live at the bottoms of fjords...

    I'm pretty much an introvert but prefer plains. Maybe that's because I can see people coming and can thus avoid them...

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