[IPAC-List] Identifying Job-Related Personality Characteristics

RPClare at aol.com RPClare at aol.com
Fri Oct 22 15:54:50 EDT 2010

Unfortunately it is even more confusing/complicated than that. A core
piece is the regional "bias" of the clinicians themselves. Most clinicians
practicing in an area are either from the area or trained in Universities in
the area. Given a bio/behavioral description of a client, there are
diagnostic differences by clinicians between/among regions. The same is true
internationally (although differing national diagnostic manuals muddy those waters
somewhat). As our population becomes more transient, do the regions
define/re-define themselves by the presence of those newcomers or do they draw
folks who match the Py of the region. South Florida is really more
Northeast/liberal/democrat "because?" of the presence of folks from NY, NJ, Southern
New England than the rest of Florida who have more folks relocate from the
mid-west including Wisconsin and Michigan. I've heard the differences in
Florida be attributed to RT 95 vs. Rt 75.
Unfortunately Psych, particularly relating to Clinical and Personality, is
an exceedingly soft science.

In a message dated 10/22/2010 3:17:44 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Mark.Hammer at psc-cfp.gc.ca writes:

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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