[IPAC-List] Identifying Job-Related Personality Characteristics

Winfred Arthur, Jr. w-arthur at neo.tamu.edu
Fri Oct 22 17:15:11 EDT 2010

i have not looked at the AP paper in a while but my recollection is that
this is an FFM-based (i.e.,normal personality) piece, right? hence i am
a little unclear about the role of clinicians here since the FFM is not
used for clinical diagnostic purposes . . . unless of course, my
recollection of the paper is completely off . . . maybe i shld have
checked b/f sending this :)

- winfred

On 10/22/2010 2:54 PM, RPClare at aol.com wrote:

> 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,

> 548-558.


> Abstract

> 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

> Ottawa


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