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, youâ€™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 themselvesâ€”their attributes, accomplishments, and aspirationsâ€”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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