Saturday, March 13, 2010

Race, ethnicity, sex, and social potency

A social potency score was calculated for MIDUS Study participants (all Americans) based on the following items: is forceful and decisive; is persuasive and likes to influence others; enjoys leadership roles; enjoys being noticed, being the center of attention. Here are the means by race/ethnicity and sex (N = 3,735):

*significantly higher than men of English ancestry
**significantly higher than women of English ancestry
The mean for Jewish men is sixth-tenths of a standard deviation (sd) higher than the mean for English men--a fairly large difference.  The Jewish-English gap for women is smaller--a third of an sd.
The gender gap is largest for Mexican Americans, and smallest for Norwegian Americans.
The total male-female gap is about one-third of standard deviation.  According to this study, the heritability for social potency is 55%.   
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  1. See? I told you Jewish women are annoying! And the Italian women being forceful and violent...oh, yeah.

  2. It would be interesting to see if the male to female ratio of social potency correlates with fertility.

  3. Anonymous8:54 AM

    yeah, Jewish girls can be pretty fiery! Especially Israelis: ever try avoiding those sales girls selling dead sea salt at the malls? They will hound and harass you mercilessly!

  4. Again Jews and Italians are similar.

  5. Anon: Nazi salute. Works wonders.

    Works on annoying Lubavitchers who ask you if you're Jewish. But that only happens in NYC.

  6. Stormed Trooper12:26 AM

    SFG - the Israeli gals (Mossad workers) try to sell you little RC helicopters instead of Dead Sea Salt here in SoCal. I just give 'em the glare. Being blonde, 6'3", 240, it puts them off.

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