Scotland’s referendum gives Scottish people the opportunity to decide for themselves whether Scotland should become independent from the United Kingdom. Latest poll results indicate an even split between the ‘Yesses’ and the ‘Nos’ – but is Scotland really so different from the rest of the UK, and what effect would removing Scotland have on the nation’s overall personality profile?
Good.Co’s data confirms what most people in the UK and elsewhere already know: Scotland is most famous for a Doctor who fights injustice and champions the underdog. No, we’re not talking about Scottish actor Peter Capaldi’s role as the latest incarnation of Doctor Who‘s heroic time-traveller – although whether they’ll get to keep him if Scotland becomes independent is, of course, the biggest concern in the minds of the rest of the country.
Scottish Independence: How does personality come into play?
Good.Co’s regional profile of Scotland tells us that if Scotland were a person (Hetalia anyone?), s/he would best match the Advocate personality type: fair-minded, plain-speaking, just, stoic, and perceptive. The perfect type for a doctor, in fact, which is exactly what our job-matching algorithms recommended based on the averaged personality traits of our Scottish users.
So, what would happen to the rest of the UK if Dr. Scotland took away that blend of idealism and common-sensical tough love? On the whole, the personality profile of the UK would become less empathic, less good at social communication, less tolerant of others, and more materialistic.
Interestingly, without Scotland, the UK would also have less in common with their friends across the pond in some respects, because Scotland emerges as the UK region most similar to the overall profile of the United States. It’s not all bleak, though. Minus Scotland, the UK would show a small overall increase in traits traditionally associated with corporate and political success: stress tolerance, competitiveness, and an ability to roll with the punches.
In a word, if when the votes come in we find that the Ayes have it, the United Kingdom would become less…well, united. But perhaps Scotland would become more Scottish – and as we’ve discovered, Scotland is rather nice, so perhaps it’s a win either way!