Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict were two of the most prominent anthropologists associated with an approach in culture and personality studies that conceives of culture as a set of patterns similar to the organization of an individual personality. From the discussions she had with Bateson and Fortune along the Sepik, Mead attempted, ultimately unsuccessfully, to articulate a unified theory of culture and personality. Here are note slips on which Mead recorded observations about Arapesh culture. These paintings are among those Mead collected from the Mundugumor. Margaret Mead's notes on birth payments March 25, She often responded to these letters personally, especially in earlier years.