This study is like crack for people like me. I don’t think I’ve been so obsessed with a single blog post since 2015, so thank you iSteve for providing me with a peak experience.
Table 2.The top 20 plot keywords with the strongest positive and negative associations with each dimension of the Big Five traits, controlling for demographic and metadata variables. Values represent the predicted difference between the aggregate fan personality trait of a movie that only includes the corresponding keyword and the average movie in the dataset.
Here are the words associated with high Extraversion:
- gay slur
- break up
- ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relation
- bar fight
- best friend
- obscene finger gesture
- strip club
- raised middle finger
- singing in a car
- hit in the crotch
I don’t know about you, but that sounds an awful lot like people with long middle fingers. I think you know what I mean. No? I’m talking about basketball Americans. Still no? I mean niggers.
Life history theory posits that behavioral adaptation to various environmental (ecological and/or social) conditions encountered during childhood is regulated by a wide variety of different traits resulting in various behavioral strategies. Unpredictable and harsh conditions tend to produce fast life history strategies, characterized by early maturation, a higher number of sexual partners to whom one is less attached, and less parenting of offspring. Unpredictability and harshness not only affects dispositional social and emotional functioning, but may also promote the development of personality traits linked to higher rates of instability in social relationships or more self-interested behavior. Similarly, detrimental childhood experiences, such as poor parental care or high parent-child conflict, affect personality development and may create a more distrustful, malicious interpersonal style. The aim of this brief review is to survey and summarize findings on the impact of negative early-life experiences on the development of personality and fast life history strategies. By demonstrating that there are parallels in adaptations to adversity in these two domains, we hope to lend weight to current and future attempts to provide a comprehensive insight of personality traits and functions at the ultimate and proximate levels.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5857553/
Chimpanzee intelligence is not much lower than human intelligence. They can be taught to use money and will begin to exchange it amongst themselves. There’s even a documented case of a girl chimp selling sex for tokens and later exchanging them for grapes. The difference is that humans pass on knowledge to the next generation, and chimpanzees don’t. Vertical cultural transmission. Chimpanzees are great at learning through mimicry (“monkey see monkey do”), possibly better than humans, but their culture resets with each generation.
Take away vertical cultural transmission (AKA parental nurture, slow-life history strategy) and humans are just dumber, weaker monkeys.
On the other hand…
At the other end of the scale, the films that appeal most to introverts are largely Japanese anime such as Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.https://www.takimag.com/article/are-we-what-we-watch/
Hmm…taking all of this together, you might even say that dopamine-addicted extraverts are broken, psychopathic predators whose populations follow Malthusian boom-bust patterns.