How Culture Has A Significant Influence On Human Development

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The term culture has many different meanings in relation to psychology. It can mean the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively; a refined understanding or appreciation of different values; the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group; or the attitudes and behavior characteristic of a particular social group. Culture does not have a distinct or universal meaning and can be associated with ethnicity, race, or country of origin. Many factors contribute to culture differences such as: geography, climate, and natural recourses; population, money, government, and religion; as well as temperament or personality of the population. People behave in a way that imitates the culture from which they live. Individuals tend to adapt to the environment around them to ensure survival. Culture has a significant influence on human development around the world. Characteristics such as personality, perception and emotion, intelligence, values and beliefs, gender roles and sexuality, aggression, communication, and good/poor mental health varies in measurement or what is accepted/expected in each culture. Typically, culture should not be viewed as static, but a dynamic system that changes with environmental changes. It’s for this reason, that there are varied cultural believes and practices in different parts of the planet. Basically, cultural changes may be influenced by exposure, movies and mass media as well as the social networks. As a matter of fact, civilization has been seen to be unifying cultural beliefs of the current generation. But then again, the underlying background culture dominates an individual’s perceptions of ethics, ri... ... middle of paper ... ... But then again, ten again Japanese are hardworking and learn quickly for they are good listeners. Moreover, in verbal communication, Japanese respect the feeling of their communication partner and maintain harmony by being indirect. Basically, Japanese often interrogate the other party by using blunt question to understand them before gettingengaged in the communication. Raising ones voice is considered a taboo (Brightman, 2005). Americans apply exactly the opposite, they speak out their minds with minimal consideration of the other party’s reaction. Literally, Americans express their emotions while conversing, either via non-verbal signs or changing voice tones including but not limited to raising voices. The non-verbal code of respect involving bowing, standing and sitting to honor the other party evident in Japanese culture has no place in American culture.
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