Direct displays of respect can reduce conflict in Arab protests, where a premium is placed on honor. Such displays enable people in potentially volatile crowd situations to accrue honor while avoiding risks associated with violent confrontation. These conclusions are based on studies of Arab … [Read more...] about Respect for Arab Crowds
Do You Struggle with Indecisiveness? Maybe it’s in Your Culture
Indecisiveness is bad. Indecisive politicians are a bunch of wishy-washy flip-floppers. Decisive entrepreneurs grow great businesses (or at least fail spectacularly while trying). If a decision is a commitment to a course of action, then “indecision” is a failure to commit. Indecisiveness … [Read more...] about Do You Struggle with Indecisiveness? Maybe it’s in Your Culture
Can an Image of the Brain Reveal Your Cultural Adaptability?
Some people can adjust to new cultures far more easily than others. Understanding why some find cultural adaptability to be relatively painless, whereas others struggle to adapt is a problem of longstanding concern. Many are interested in the results, including businesses with multinational … [Read more...] about Can an Image of the Brain Reveal Your Cultural Adaptability?
A Simple Way to Make Good Decisions
Figuring out how to make good decisions can be hairy. It's not always easy to get past your uncertainty and make a tough choice. So, how do you do it? Some suggest that you “go with your gut,” acting quickly and instinctively. Others suggest analytical approaches that may involve computation … [Read more...] about A Simple Way to Make Good Decisions
Seasoned Globetrotters Know What They Need to Know About New Cultures
Seasoned globetrotters are able to adapt to new cultures efficiently. It's not easy to do so. Learning to function within a new culture can be hard. Given the mass of potentially relevant information to try to digest, you might be tempted to give up before getting started. Yet, you can build your … [Read more...] about Seasoned Globetrotters Know What They Need to Know About New Cultures
Afghan Values of Honor and Respect
Honor and respect are fundamental Afghan values. Yet, a recent study found subtle differences in how Afghans in different groups and situations interpret honor. Also, the conceptions of honor and respect as held among Afghans do not necessarily correspond with neighboring American concepts. The … [Read more...] about Afghan Values of Honor and Respect