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17 Oct, 4 tweets, 1 min read
The BIG-5 personality dimensions are a WEIRD (Western phenomenon).

In Hong Kong and Japan only 4 dimensions emerge. Among one South American tribe only 2 dimensions emerged, and it didn't fit with any of the BIG-5 ones cleanly.
One possible explanation is the greater flexibility in career and relationships in modern/Western societies allow for greater differentiation of personality. Traditional societies require more social conformity and emphasize 'jack of all trades' over specialization.
It doesn't matter if you don't like working with your hands you still need to know how to carve a canoe. It doesn't matter if you're an introvert you still need to maintain your expanded kinship network to survive and remain a part of the group.
Let's also remember that in most psychology tests urban African college students were closer to Americans then they were to rural Africans.

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But at its core it relied on kinship.
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