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MOTIV Personality Trait Descriptions

MaterialisticOffbeatThinkingInterpersonal | Vital | Easygoing | Sectarian
Ascetic | Conventional | Haphazard | Withholding | Depressive | Rigid | Globalistic

Sectarian (Tribalism/Authoritarianism)

*Globalist types will tend towards the opposite of the characteristics below

Motivation: To prioritize/advance the interests of one's affiliated group over unaffiliated groups
Purpose: Preservation/advancement of one's group
Conflict: Tribalism vs Internationalism, Uniformity vs Diversity
Historic antecedent: Nationalism
Historic example: Adolph Hitler
Film example: Daniel Balint (The Believer)
Counter example: The United Nations
Characteristics: more likely to be political conservative, more likely to be xenophobic, thinks immigration needs to be carefully controlled, prone to thinking their culture is better than other cultures, can be insensitive to minority groups, tends to be against multi-culturalism, pro-military, more likely to be traditional, favors strong political leaders, prefers their country to be more independent than interdependent, more likely to adopt an authoritarian parenting style, resistant to things changing from how they used to be in the past

The following items all had statistically significant factor loadings (similar to correlations) on the Sectarian drive:

Healthy items | Sectarian factor score / Vital factor score
My culture would be a good role model for other cultures. 651/228
I am politically conservative. 589/211
I favor conservative fiscal policies. 565/207
People in other cultures could learn from people in my culture. 556/214
I don't understand people who view patriotism as a bad thing. 537/190
I am politically conservative. 530/160
I want to make my culture great again. 485/165
I value my nation's sovereignty. 477/241
Pride in nation is a good thing. 473/219
I value my nation's independence. 400/220
I am compelled to care about my culture. 405/205
I hate hearing people talk poorly about my country. 304/212
My country may not be perfect, but it has brought us about as close as human beings can get to a perfect society. 262/237
My people have nothing to be ashamed of, and everything to be proud for. 233/191

Average Health items | Sectarian factor score
I support a border wall for my country to keep out immigrants. 862
My country cannot absorb any more immigrants from certain ethnic groups without causing problems. 794
Immigrants are a burden on my country. 770
Too many immigrants from certain ethnic groups can cause problems. 765
Undocumented immigrants are a problem in my country. 762
Foreign workers and asylum seekers can be a problem for my country. 749
Immigration should be limited. 747
Immigration should be controlled. 742
My country cares more about immigrants and refugees than it's citizens and that bothers me. 720
I have a certain amount of dislike towards foreigners. 715
A country should not care as much about refugees as its citizens. 713
Other cultures should try to be more like my culture. 708
Minority groups have too much power in my country. 707
Ethnic profiling is sometimes acceptable. 705
I support Donald Trump. 702
My culture should be the role model for other cultures. 700
Racial profiling is sometimes acceptable. 686
A country should not care as much about immigrants as its citizens. 681
Any group or social movement which contains many foreigners should be watched with suspicion. 679
Minority groups having too much power in my country can be a problem. 676
People that don't integrate into my country, should leave. 669
Multi-culturalism is dangerous. 668
Most people would be happier if they lived like people in my culture. 667
Most people from other cultures just don't know what's good for them. 666
My country cares more about immigrants and refugees than its citizens. 665
Most other cultures are backward compared to my culture. 661
I have little desire to interact with immigrants. 660
I identify more with conservative political views than liberal political views. 660
Lifestyles in other cultures are not as valid as those in my culture. 655
Open borders doesn't work. 653
Other cultures are smart to look up to my culture. 641
People that can't contribute to my country tend to be a liability. 640
People shouldn't live in a country they don't want to fully integrate into. 640
Foreign aid is a waste of my country's resources. 638
Ethnic profiling is sometimes necessary. 637
People in my culture have a better lifestyle than other cultures. 628
Minorities who pose some kind of social threat should be monitored. 624
Foreign aid can be a waste of my countries resources. 621
I am preoccupied with the threat of foreigners. 620
Liberal ideology is, fundamentally, an insult to the strong. 619
People that can't contribute to my country shouldn't be citizens. 618
My country should be independent not interdependent. 617
Religious or ethnic sects who refuse to integrate into my country bother me. 612
Some cultures simply don't mix well. 612
People that can't contribute to my country are a liability. 612
People that can't contribute to my country are burdensome. 609
A country should not care more about immigrants and refugees than its citizens. 603
I favor leaders that put my culture first. 602
A lack of nationalism will destroy a country. 601
Countries should be independent not interdependent. 601
I don't like foreigners. 600
Trump is a better president of the United States than Obama. 600
A nation's population having different cultures results in a loss of national identity. 600
People that are not contributing to my country have no place in it. 599
My country should only have one official language. 595
People shouldn't live in a country they don't want to entirely integrate into. 594
People in other cultures could learn a lot from people in my culture. 593
A country should not care as much about foreigners as its citizens. 590
Disliking people from other countries isn't inherently wrong. 590
Without patriotism, you have no local culture. 589
The main threat to my country's basic institutions during this century have come from the infiltration of foreign ideas, doctrines, and agitators. 587
I want immigration law enforced. 586
Diversity is dangerous. 582
The welfare of my country comes before the welfare of the world. 582
Ethnic profiling is acceptable. 581
People shouldn't live in a country they don't want to integrate into. 580
I tend to be less trusting of foreigners. 577
The best way to defeat terrorism is overwhelming military force. 577
Not all cultures are equal. 572
Uniformity is more important than diversity. 570
The concept of taking our country back appeals to me. 575
The people who raise all the talk about putting all races/ethnicities on the same level and giving everyone the same privileges are mostly radical agitators trying to stir up conflicts. 574
Sometimes the weak in a country need to be left behind. 565
I tend to think a country should only have one official language. 563
If a person won't fight for his country, he deserves a lot worse than just a prison or a work camp. 561
Religious sects whose beliefs do not permit them to salute the flag should be monitored. 561
I would prefer to live around people that share my culture. 560
I believe in conservative fiscal policies. 556
I prioritize the welfare of the people within my country above that of other countries. 555
There will always be superior and inferior nations in the world and in the interests of all concerned, it is best that the superior ones be in control of world affairs. 555 1.42
I am preoccupied with national security. 550
I am politically conservative. 543
Things work best when every nation looks out for its own interests. 537
I prefer social uniformity to social diversity. 530
We are spending too much money for the pampering of criminals and the insane, and for the education of inherently incapable people. 527
Punishment should be a big part of the criminal justice system. 522
I dislike cultural change. 522
A homogeneous community is stronger than a diverse one. 520
Immigration should be decreased. 515
We can't solve world poverty by importing it. 512
I prefer politicians who take charge, set rules, and crush dissent. 511
I do not trust people who are different. 510
Without patriotism, local culture is limited. 508
Those that don't contribute to my country make bad citizens. 508
I disfavor people who pander to minorities. 507
My country cares more about external problems than internal problems and that bothers me. 507
People in my culture have just about the best lifestyles of anywhere. 505
I value conservative fiscal policies. 501
It's not racist to want to preserve your own culture. 501
People that deviate from traditional gender roles bother me. 497
People are happier being with their own ethnicity. 496
I would like my people to be the majority in any community I reside in. 496
People that do wrong need punishment more than they need reform. 493
People are happier being with their own tribe. 492
I consider myself to be a descendent of a superior culture. 491
Nationalism is a good thing. 491
The majority group should have more rights than minority groups. 491
Religious sects whose beliefs do not permit them to salute my country's flag bother me.
I care more about my tribe than other tribes. 486
Integration is not necessarily better than segregation. 486
Foreigners should not be allowed to put their products in our markets. 485
It is important that foreigners integrate into the main culture of my country. 484
The welfare of my country/culture/tribe/people comes before the welfare of the world. 482
Not all countries are equal. 480
Don't live in a country you don't want to integrate into. 479
Groups who pose some kind of social threat should be monitored. 472
Although women are necessary sometimes in the armed forces and in industry, they should be returned to their proper place in the home as soon as that need ends. 470
Other cultures are lacking. 467
I'm more likely to marry someone of my race. 463
Private companies should be able to discriminate against any group of people they don't like. 461
I'm more likely to marry someone from my culture. 460
I chase external pleasure/rewards. 460
National identity is all that matters. 460
The most important quality in a leader is strength. 456
The most important thing for the stability of a country is a strong leader. 455
People are happier being with their own race. 450
I dislike liberals. 456
I enjoy a good ethnic joke among friends. 450
When you move to a new country, you need to abandon the ways of your old one. 449
An organization like the United Nations is not good for the world. 445
I hate hearing people talk shit about my country. 445
Socialism doesn't work. 442
A military background is always a good thing. 442
I would not want to adopt a different culture. 440
Social class is partly biological. 440
Abortion should be illegal. 440
I tend to be less trusting of people who are different. 431
I'm more likely to marry someone of my ethnicity. 430
I dislike affirmative action. 429
There will always be wars because, for one thing, there will always be cultures who ruthlessly try to grab more than their share. 429
My country does too much to solve world problems. 424
Politicians that pander to minorities bother me. 422
Punishment should be the biggest part of the criminal justice system. 420
Gated communities are a necessity. 420
My country's security is everything. 420
Globalism is not a good thing. 418
I'm unlikely to marry someone of a different culture/ethnicity. 417
I am not interested in other cultures. 416
We should buy from foreign countries only those products that we cannot obtain within our own country. 411
Rallying against an external enemy makes a country stronger. 406
Transexuality makes no sense to me. 405
The welfare of my culture comes before the welfare of the world. 405
I can hardly imagine myself marrying someone of a different culture/ethnicity. 409
I don't believe in climate change. 398
My country cares more about external problems than internal problems. 395
It's important that everyone in my country shares the same values. 395
A woman changing her last name to her husbands makes a lot of sense to me. 395
People like being with their own tribe. 394
I tend to think affirmative action is not fair. 394
I approve of military campaigns against ISIS. 392
Differences should not be tolerated. 390
Physically punishing a misbehaving child is not child abuse. 385
War is an inevitable outgrowth of human nature. 384
Most of our social problems would be solved if we could somehow get rid of the immoral, crooked, and feebleminded people. 383
A person who has bad manners, habits, and breeding can hardly expect to get along with decent people. 383
I believe that the universe is ordered in a hierarchical structure. 373
Throwing the world's cultures into a blender does not create diversity. 367
My country is straying from the true way. 365
Imports should be limited. 364
The world would be much better off with many separate nations than a single unified global nation. 363
People are happier being with their own culture. 361
Improving the rest of the world at the expense of one's countrymen is wrong. 353
Groups of people or nations who didn't care about their people more were replaced by those who did. 352
Free trade has been a bad thing for my country. 348
I'm skeptical that humans are responsible for climate change. 345
Free trade agreements have hurt my personal financial situation. 340
Free trade is a bad idea for my country. 334
What my country needs most, more than laws and political programs, is a few courageous, tireless, devoted leaders in whom the people can put their faith. 348
I hate seeing someone who's worked hard their whole life be told that their success means less because they were 'privileged'. 327
A strong central authority is important to make a civilization function. 317
A government should always put its citizens first. 317
I prefer to purchase products made in my country. 302
My country is getting so far from the true way of life that force may be necessary to restore it. 297
I want a renewal of my country. 293
I apply my values when judging people who are different. 270
I feel threatened by terrorism. 261
I see the standards of value of my culture as universal. 257
When learning about history, it's always been hard for me to understand how people in invaded countries could tolerate enemy/foreign occupation. 244
I was raised in a very strict household with corporal punishment. 232
I care more about local issues than international issues. 231
The costs for accommodations for the handicapped are too high. 222
It makes sense that politics is partisan. 190
Monarchy isn't the worst system of government. 168

Unhealthy items | Sectarian factor score / Depressive factor score
Most people from other cultures just don't know what's good for them. 666/183
People from other cultures tend to act strange and unusual when they come into my culture. 526/222
Walls make for good neighbors. 426/193
There will always be wars because, for one thing, there will always be races who ruthlessly try to grab more than their share. 389/169
I don't like feeling vulnerable. 260/320
I tend to only associate with those like myself. 242/381
The government is wasteful with tax dollars. 237/172
Human nature being what it is, there will always be war and conflict. 233/180
Abortion should be legal. 230/320
I feel uncomfortable when I'm around people unlike myself. 220/474
No matter how they act on the surface, men are interested in women for only one reason. 216/342
I have to conceal my political beliefs from most people. 206/175


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