Culture and personality are two co-dependent elements. Every person has a unique personality. Personality is the result of many characters but mostly culture plays a very important role in shaping the personality. As the debate goes, nurture help an individual to develop a personality. A person will be keep getting influenced by the rituals, system, food habits, spiritual practices, greeting the guests, behaving in a particular way, liking a particular type of dance/song, standing, sitting, walking, talking everything of that particular culture that a person belongs to, since from the childhood.

The studies on personality say that many of the dominant gene is suppressed by the effect of imitation that a child learnt from watching or practicing.


The word ‘culture’ derives from a French term, which in turn derives from the Latin “colere” which means ‘to tend to the earth and grow, or cultivation and nurture.

“Culture encompasses religion, food pattern, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, rituals, dance, music, art, celebrations, our behavior, personality, priorities, faith, beliefs, how we sit at the table, how we greet people,how do we react to the situations, how we behave with other living beings, and a lot other things”

According to Sociology, culture can be any of two types.

Non-material culture

Non-material culture refers to the non-physical ideas that individuals have about their culture, including values, belief systems, rules, norms, morals, language, organizations, and institutions.

Material culture

Material culture is the physical evidence of a culture in the objects and architecture they make or have made.

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According to psychology, people that are raised in a culture with an abacus are trained with distinctive reasoning style. Cultural lenses may make people view the same outcome of events differently. Westerners are more motivated by their successes than their failures, while Asians are better motivated by the avoidance of failure. Culture is important for psychologists to consider when understanding the human mental system.

This study is basically concentrating on three Indian cultures, ‘Madikeri, Kerala, and Manipuri’ to understand how it influences the personality of a person.


The local inhabitants of Madikeri are known as the kodavas. Their major languages are ‘kodava takk, kannada,Hindi and english’.the people are quite hospitable and are skilled agriculturists.


Men wear wraparound robes known as ‘kupya’ and the women wear ‘sari with back pleats’.


The main festival of the culture is ‘kailpodh’ which is the harvest festival held in the month of September.

‘Pootri’ is also a major festival that marks the harvesting of rice crop.

Other main festivals include, ‘KaveriSankramana, Dasara and Karaga’.


‘Sannaki or fragrant’ rice is the staple food of the region. The variations of rice include ‘Aakioti, Kadambuttu and Nool puttu’. Some of the famous delicacies of the region include ‘Paandi curry, Kumm curry, Koli barthad and kaipulli’.


Manipuri is vibrant with colors and boasts of a rich culture. Their belief and superstitions have always charmed foreigners.

Meitei or Meetei s a Sino-Tibetian language in the southeastern Himalayan state of Manipuri, in northeastern India.


‘Innaphi, Sarong and Phanek’ are the most common manipuri dress for women.

White turban called ‘Pagri’ is the most common among men.


Manipuri hosts numerous festivals. Some of the main ones are ‘Dol jatra, Rath jatra, Onkar, Gang-ngai and more’


‘rice’ is the staple diet of Manipuris. Manipuris love ‘Ngri’which is the type of fermented fish and carries a distinct smell. They mainly love ‘ Nga-thongba, Chamthong, Chagem pombaad kangshoi and many more’.


The culture of Kerala is a combination of both ‘Indian and Dravidian culture’. The main language spoken here is ‘Malyalam’. and the people are called ‘Malayalees’.


The traditional dress include, ‘Saree’ for women and ‘Lungi’ for men.


The main cuisine here is a of a ‘sadhya’- vegetarian meals served in a plantain leaf.

‘ Puttu, Kadala, Kallappam, Idiappam’ are some of the famous delicacies of the culture.


The main festivals of kerala include, ‘Onam, Vishu, Eid, Thrissur, Pooram and many more’.


Personality word derived from ‘Latin’ word “persona” which means mask. In ancient days, persona was used by theatrical actors to represent the personality trait of a character.

Personality can be defined as a set of emotional behavioral and cognitional characteristics patterns which are evolved from biological and environmental factors. Personality involves moods, attitudes, and opinions and expressed according to with other people.


Extroversion, as a personality trait was first proposed by noted psychiatrist Carl Jung in the 1920s. extroversion tends to be manifested in outgoing, talkative, energetic behavior. Extraversion is an attitude type characterized by a concentration of interest on the external object.


Introversion is an attitude type characterized by orientation in life through subjective psychic contents. People who are introverted tend to be inward turning, or focused more on internal thoughts, feelings and moods rather than seeking out external stimulation.


A person who has a balance of extrovert and introvert features in their personality. They might even have an easier time compromising when it comes to interactions because they can feel comfortable in a variety of different setting


People with neurotic personalities are high with every emotion such as anxiety, worry, fear, anger frustration, envy, jealousy, guilt, depressed mood.

Neurotic people are often self-conscious and shy. They react more than usual people do, they interpret ordinary situations as threatening ones, minor problems as hopelessly difficult.

They are easily prone to mental disorders, mood disorders, and substance abuse disorders.

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