Magazine article Psychology Today

Some like It Flat

Magazine article Psychology Today

Some like It Flat

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CERTAIN LOCALES MAY APPEAL TO YOUR OWN PERSONAL NATURE.

FROM THE MOUNTAIN man of the West to the quiet monk of the East, the notion that hills and mountains attract solitary types exists in many cultures. But is there any truth to it? A new paper in the Journal of Research in Personality, which examines the association between our personalities and the places we are drawn to, suggests that there is.

People who scored high on measures of introversion showed a preference for visiting mountainous areas, researchers found, while extraverts favored being nearthe ocean. "Mountains tend to be less crowded and harder to get to," says Thomas Talhelm, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and co-author of the paper. "You're more likely to be secluded, which is why we think they appeal to introverts. Near oceans, you're more likely to see and interact with others."

Using previously recorded personality measures from state samples, the researchers also found that residents of mountainous states like Washington and Montana tended to test higher for introversion than those of flatter states like Iowa and Florida. …

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