Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cultural Values Quiz

Very interesting quiz.
We have diagnosed you as falling into the
Idealism & Autonomy Quadrant

Status & SecurityAuthenticity & ResponsibilityIdealism & AutonomyExclusion & Intensity
To find out more about the values shared by people in your quadrant, click on the link below or in the Idealism & Autonomy quadrant in the map above.

Idealism & Autonomy Quadrant

Thank you for taking the time to complete this brief social values survey!

Your individual position within the North American matrix of sociocultural values is plotted as a green dot on our North American map of values and world views presented above. If you are right on top of or close to either the x-axis or y-axis there is more uncertainty about whether we have correctly diagnosed your quadrant. However our overall rate of accuracy ranges from 85-90% once you are just a little way from the axes.

Taken together, these two axes form four general quadrants of explanation or meaning underlying people's values. People in the upper left are fundamentally motivated by needs for stability, security and status, and exhibit a strong work ethic. Those in the upper right most value ethics, duty, and responsibility within their families and communities. Meanwhile, those with values that place them in the lower right primarily search for personal control, and are open-minded, flexible and idealistic. And finally, individuals in the lower left pursue, above all else, novelty, excitement and risk.

For a more complete explanation of social values in Canada and the United States (how we define them, their main explanatory axes and their evolutions through time), please refer to Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values (and also Michael Adams' other books on this topic, Sex in the Snow: Canadian Social Values at the End of the Millennium, and Better Happy Than Rich: Canadians, Money and the Meaning of Life).

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This is your diagnosed quadrant:
Idealism & Autonom

Status & SecurityAuthenticity & ResponsibilityIdealism & AutonomyExclusion & Intensity

Key Characteristics

  • Self-reliant and in control of their own destiny
  • Idealistic and open-minded
  • Rejecting out-dated norms and institutions

Fundamental Motivations and Values

  • Personal Control
  • Question Authority
  • Global Consciousness
  • Adaptability to Complexity
  • Flexible Families

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