Some cultures believe in more than one God,(monotheism) whereas some believe in many(polytheism); Some cultures believe in circumcision at birth whereas others are not. Cultures aren’t just one person ,this is what blends all together the majority of civilizations so the list of differences could go on and on. Cultural  difference as described earlier could be a positive, but with any positive it can have its setbacks. For example:

Individualism vs. Collectivism

What is Individualism?  It pretty much speaks for itself, meaning to be self reliant. or as likes to put it “the pursuit of individual rather than common or collective interests;egoism.”. Collectivism on the other hand is  better defined “the political principle of centralized social and economic control,especially of all means of production.” Now with some knowledge of these two forms that fall under the communicating across cultures let’s go a bit further and see how this affects at an even more relatable state. Ethics.

Most parents teach their children within the guidelines in which their parent raised them, because for one that was their way to prosperity, happiness,and success.  Being fortunate to be able to be around my grandparents I noticed they tend to firmly stand by to know your self-worth, which happens to be a something my parent while raising me has preached to me as well. I am American(USA), which so happens to fall under Individualism …Coincidence?, but in the Japanese culture they tend to value you more for the group you belong to rather than just you yourself.

Another form of cultural dimension is Assertiveness meaning “Assertiveness is the ability to honestly express your opinions, feelings, attitudes, and rights, without undue anxiety, in a way that doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.”




this article mentions:

“Countries with a high assertiveness tend to :

  • Value competition, success, and progress.
  • Communicate directly and unambiguously.
  • Try to have control over the environment.
  • Expect subordinates to take initiative.
  • Build trust on basis of calculation.                                                                                 Where as countries with low assertiveness tend to:
  • Value cooperation and warm relationships.
  • Communicate indirectly; try to “save face.”
  • Try to be in harmony with the environment.
  • Expect subordinates to be loyal.
  • Build trust on basis of predictability.”

So for example a Swedish family  whom is from a low assertive society migrates to the United States which is a high assertive society , the Swedish family would have to adapt from having sympathy for weakened individuals to valuing the strong, or valuing cooperation to accepting competition and individualism. Clashes like this when it comes to adaptation of this sort can sometimes cause issues morally.

Being highly assertive can sometimes lead people to judge you as greedy, untrustworthy, while  lowly asserstive can lead to judgement as a poor or weak individual, but everyone is the different but the same in some way. Just have to learn each others codes.

Are you assertive? Try this out!


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