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Old 09-25-2008, 03:54 PM
 
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The United States of Mind
Researchers Identify Regional Personality Traits Across AmericaBy STEPHANIE SIMONArticle
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more in Health »Certain regional stereotypes have long since become cliches: The stressed-out New Yorker. The laid-back Californian.

But the conscientious Floridian? The neurotic Kentuckian?

You bet -- at least, according to new research on the geography of personality. Based on more than 600,000 questionnaires and published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, the study maps regional clusters of personality traits, then overlays state-by-state data on crime, health and economic development in search of correlations.

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Old 09-25-2008, 07:27 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing the article... but I'm having a difficult time figuring out where Northern Virginia is factored in here.
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:45 AM
 
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My best guess from experience would be that NoVA would be north eastern. At least, last time I was there, that confrontational, "Yo I'm Joey Bagadonuts, I'll kick yer butt" attitude seemed to be in evidence.

So despite it having a southern heritage, I'm guessing the business presence in the area has brought the urban NY, NJ, PA attitudes in.
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Old 09-26-2008, 07:41 AM
 
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My best guess from experience would be that NoVA would be north eastern. At least, last time I was there, that confrontational, "Yo I'm Joey Bagadonuts, I'll kick yer butt" attitude seemed to be in evidence.
Nothing personal, but it isn't helpful to post "best guesses." This forum isn't a toy--people use it because they need to find out about an area before moving here. Choosing a new job and moving is stressful enough, let's not make it harder by "guessing" what an area is like. You visited the area in 1999 and had a confrontation--I'm sorry that happened to you, but it doesn't make you an expert on what it is like to live in NOVA today.

For one thing, NOVA is not a clone of NYC. These days the people moving here are more likely to be from California, the midwest, and other countries. The western parts of Fairfax and the Eastern parts of Loudoun are especially attractive to Californians. There are some New Yorkers here, too. But, if you're guessing NOVA is going to be just like the Bronx --hey, Fuhgettabout it!

NOVA is extremely diverse and has 100 different personalities. You will meet all kinds of people here. I'm out in the suburbs where life is relatively laid back. People here are into hiking, kayaking, and sipping Starbucks while watching the kids at soccer practice. The people I know do not have a "confrontational, "Yo I'm Joey Bagadonuts, I'll kick yer butt" attitude." Although you can probably find people like that living here, especially if you go around being confrontational.

We also do not go foxhunting, despite the "guesses" of other people who don't live here but who like to post their "Gone With The Wind" fantasies. And just in case someone has some silly "political" assumptions, no your neighbors are not going to be senators or congressmen. They live in DC, which is not the same thing as NOVA.

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Old 09-27-2008, 10:36 PM
 
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My best guess from experience would be that NoVA would be north eastern. At least, last time I was there, that confrontational, "Yo I'm Joey Bagadonuts, I'll kick yer butt" attitude seemed to be in evidence.

So despite it having a southern heritage, I'm guessing the business presence in the area has brought the urban NY, NJ, PA attitudes in.
If my experience growing up in the DC area was any indication: you are spot on.

That stated: the psychological demarcation line was basically where I-95 crossed the Beltway @ Springfield heading down south-----------Woodbirdge on to Fredericksburg at least had much more of an Old School 'California vibe'. Read that much less paranoia, pushiness, etc. Note I left NoVa in 1978 so I am going on at least 30 year old incidents.
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