Emotions In Collectivist Cultures

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Collectivism
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Collectivist people care more about personal ties, belonging to a group, feeling accepted and respected within the group. Collectivists seek respect and care about their image and what others think of them. Some traits of collectivism are if people act in favor for society rather than personal gains, rights of the whole overtakes the rights of an individual, and regulation promotes unity and selflessness. Identity based on social system, Emphasis on belonging, “We” mentality, Shame culture, Group oriented, loyal to the group and dependent on organization and institutions. Group achievement is important and the distribution of rewards is based on equity. Collectivism tends to fall in the same category as conservative because
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Emotions in collectivist cultures tend to have an objective reality to the individual that emotions in the individualist group lack. Respondents in the collectivist cultures indicated that another person encountering a similar event would be affected by the event in similar ways as they had been. The collectivist cultures seem to endorse the principle of a subjective reality. Respondents in the collectivist cultures who reported a higher readiness for belief changes than did respondents from the individualist culture also appeared to assume that they experienced the social reality. Emotions in the collectivist cultures tend to embody the connectedness between individuals and their social environment. Emotions in collectivist cultures (a) were more grounded in assessments of social worth and of shifts in relative social worth, (b) were to a large extent taken to reflect reality rather than the inner world of the individual, and (c) belong to the self-other relationship rather than being confined to the subjectivity of the self. Collectivist cultures have more "other-focused" emotions. Other-focused emotions would focus on social worth, reflect reality, and belong to the self-other …show more content…
In the individualist culture, a clear distinction was made between subjectivity and objectivity, allowing for inter individual differences. Respondents in the individualist culture, on the other hand, did not as readily form belief changes and can thus be said to adhere to the boundaries between subjective evaluation and objective reality. Emotions in individualist cultures appear to underline the disparity of self and others. Individualist cultures have more "self-focused" emotions. Emotions specifics like anger or pride where they would be categorized as self-focused cannot be tied down to individualism nor collectivism because it is prevalent in

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