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Northerners Respond To Insults Surprisingly Different From Southerners

Which part of the U.S. do you think is more aggressive?

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Perhaps the most interesting piece in the article pointed to a chart that showed the physiological responses to insults by U.S. Northerners versus Southerners.

Nisbett and Cohen (1996) / Via agenda.weforum.org

The chart shows that when someone is slighted (or disrespected) they must stave off humiliation by punishing the insulter. The author points to, "a famous experiment in the U.S. examined the culture of honour by having the experimenters’ accomplice bump into subjects in a hallway and call them names."

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"Southerners’ heightened physiological responses and comparatively aggressive behaviour after being insulted provide some evidence that culture shapes how people think and how they interact in society."

So from this we can conclude that Southerners—when offended— experience significantly higher levels of testosterone and cortisol compared to northerners.

But one thing to point out related to southern "aggression" is that it stems from, "a ‘culture of honour’, which holds that a slighted person must stave off humiliation by punishing his insulter." This ideal seems more prevalent in the south.

  1. What do you think? Are southerners more aggressive when insulted versus northerners?

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    Hell yeah! Southerners are more aggressive!
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    Northerners are totally more aggressive! Have you ever heard of passive-aggressive?
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What do you think? Are southerners more aggressive when insulted versus northerners?
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    Hell yeah! Southerners are more aggressive!
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    No! I will not accept this, I'm from the south an am a saint.
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    Northerners are totally more aggressive! Have you ever heard of passive-aggressive?
 
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