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psychological anthropology

branch of cultural anthropology that seeks to determine the range of personality types extant in a given culture and to discern where, on a continuum from ideal to perverse, the culture places each type. The type perceived as ideal within a culture is then referred to as the "personality" of the culture itself, as with duty-bound stoicism among the English and personal restraint among traditional Pueblo Indians.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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