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The mystery of cross cultural relationships: social and psychological influences

I am taking psychology and learning about on love and family relationships. 

We are compare to oriental and occidental attitudes. The social conditions and attitudes towards love and human relationships are very different between East and West. 

I want to know about your countries regarding this topic. Thank you.

Sep 12, 2016 3:40 PM
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It is hard to define all of the people in a society are totally interdependent or thoroughly individualism, but as the intensive contact among people across cultures on earth, people are likely to learn other values, traditions or customs from respective communities of a country . It is certainly believed that Asian society has higher level of interdependence than so-called western cultures (Australia, NZ are located in Asia where they still share western culture in many faces). Parents or grandparents in Asian society seem to like their offspring to live together or live nearby not least because where the society is more well sound in social welfare and support but also their ancient custom, "filial piety". Nonetheless, the value is changing and the  whole situation is turning. Furthermore, more young people cannot afford an nuclear family even less extended family or an kinship family to rear. The upcoming collapse of the old society is forming unless the whole society can acknowledge its importance of old memorial values.  

September 12, 2016

Hello yummy. I think too much is made of East vs West in the sense of Europe vs the rest of the world. Spain and Greece are not like Germany, and Japan is not like India.

I would say that there is a distinction between Germanic and non Germanic cultures within Europe, which could be a result of the Protestant work ethic. 

September 12, 2016
My experience from life in Norway and Greece is that norwegian people are collectivistic in social life and indivualistic in their private life, in Greece is the opposite. I guess in some countries  people are collectivistic both in social life and private life or they are individualistic in both social life and private life. North vs. South , religious affiliation , urban vs. rural are other factors that influence these traits.
September 12, 2016

Hello, yummy! I'm a social psychology professor. Yes, there is research showing that some countries are more "interdependent" and "collectivistic," which means they value social relationships and social harmony. People from these countries are more likely to put their relationships (like family) before their personal interests and desires. Also, their family is part of their personal identity. In contrast, people from more "independent" and "individualistic" countries still desire social relationships, but those relationships are less likely to define their identity, and these people are more likely to prioritize personal interests.

The United States (my country) is more independent and individualistic. However, within the United States, there are sub-cultures and communities that are more interdependent. For example, people living in rural areas are more interdependent than people living in urban areas. Also, some countries are changing with time. For example, Japan and South Korea are much more interdependent than the United States, but they are becoming more independent than they were in the past.

September 12, 2016
Yes I am totally agree with you that there is a big difference in the family relation between east and west. One of these differences that parents in the East are responsible of their sons till they are graduated from the university. I don't think that happens in the West.
September 12, 2016
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