[IPAC-List] Identifying Job-Related Personality Characteristics

Mark Hammer Mark.Hammer at psc-cfp.gc.ca
Fri Oct 22 15:17:35 EDT 2010

In followup to the original query, I happened to stumble onto an
interesting paper in the September issue of American Psychologist that I
thought I'd toss out there:

Statewide differences in personality: Toward a psychological geography
of the United States.
By Rentfrow, Peter Jason, American Psychologist, Vol 65(6), Sep 2010,

There is overwhelming evidence from research in the regional sciences
that the attitudes, values, and behaviors of Americans are
geographically clustered. Psychologists, however, have historically had
little to say about regional differences. This article aims to redress
that neglect. In so doing, I provide evidence that there are statewide
personality differences across the United States, offer potential
explanations for those differences, and show that regional personality
differences are linked to a variety of important social indicators. I
also explain how a regional perspective can inform research in a variety
of areas in psychology and suggest ways in which researchers can study
regional differences in their own work. Ultimately, this work is
intended to raise awareness in psychology about the value that a
regional perspective can add to theory and research.

Kinda makes you wonder about the application of norms and the "regional
validity", doesn't it?

Mark Hammer


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