Todd Epp wrote an interesting summary last week of a new study on regional personality. South Dakota falls into a region of "friendly and conventional" people spanning the Midwest and South. Out West, reserachers find more "relaxed and creative" folks, while the Northeast and Texas tend toward "temperamental and uninhibited" personalities.
Leo Kallis follows up by linking to a quick and diverting personality quiz on Time that uses that personality research to help map which state would fit your personality best. My friend Leo ends up in Indiana; I end up in Florida. I've driven through Indianapolis, and I've never been to Florida, so I cannot speak to the accuracy of either result.
But don't spend all day gazing at your own navel. If you really want to have fun, punch the people you know... into the Time personality-geography widget and see where they end up! I try out South Dakota's U.S. Senate candidates, based entirely on my impression of them from speeches, news reports, and personal meetings (I've talked face to face with Weiland, Nelson, and Rhoden):
- Rick Weiland: Georgia
- Mike Rounds: Nebraska
- Stace Nelson: Pennsylvania
- Larry Rhoden: North Dakota
- Annette Bosworth: Maine
Punch in your impressions and see where you put the candidates!