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[Book] The Weirdest People in the World

The Weirdest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous
by Joseph Henrich
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2020, 706 pages

Perhaps you are WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. If so, you’re rather psychologically peculiar.

Unlike much of the world today, and most people who have ever lived, WEIRD people are highly individualistic, self-obsessed, control-oriented, nonconformist, and analytical. They focus on themselves—their attributes, accomplishments, and aspirations—over their relationships and social roles. How did WEIRD populations become so psychologically distinct? What role did these psychological differences play in the industrial

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