Who are Prone to Depression: Asians or Westerners?

  Cultural differences between Western and Asian cultures in individualism-collectivism (I-C), a dimension of cultural variability, show a strong possibility that Asians are predisposed to more negative emotions than are Westerners. Individualistic cultures, most of which are Western, promote individual needs, wishes, desires, and values over the group and collective ones (Matsumoto, 1990). Consequently, hierarchical …

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6 Weirdest Love Stories and Marriages Ever Told

The Bible and the Church teach that marriage is sacred and a union between a man and a woman. Ephesians 5:25 says: “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.” Genesis 2:24: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and …

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How to Overcome Material Traps

Once we are born in the material world and become members of society, we are thrown into a sea of social norms. These norms can be laws, rules, regulations, customs, traditions, and other forms of behavioral regimes. Social norms when effectively enforced can be coercive to people. Each norm has coercion and sanction. This sanction …

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Responsible Tourism

Introduction Responsible tourism is all about conformity of the tourist to the local culture, especially to the customs and laws of the host country or place of destination. There are different types of tourism and tourist. But all tourism is a cross-cultural encounter, an interaction between two cultures: the cultural orientation of the tourist and …

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5 deadly differences that can end a Marriage

Marriage is cross-cultural. It is not only a union of persons but a union of cultures or way of life of two people who have different cultural upbringing or socialization. It is expected that conflicts and tensions can occur during marriage. But there are certain differences which can threaten a marital commitment. The following are …

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8 Areas of Conflict in Relationship Due to Cultural Differences

There is a popular belief that romantic or marital relationship fails because of personal incompatibility. People who fall in love eventually separate due to irreconcilable personal differences. Many say that the incompatible personalities between partners is often the cause of  break-ups. But one can rarely hear from these people blaming the cultural incompatibility between partners …

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How to Become a Responsible Tourist

Introduction Responsible tourism is all about conformity of the tourist to the local culture, especially to the customs and laws of the host country or place of destination. There are different types of tourism and tourist. But all tourism is a cross-cultural encounter, an interaction between two cultures: the cultural orientation of the tourist and …

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7 Deadly Differences that Can End a Marriage

Marriage is cross-cultural. It is not only a union of persons but a union of cultures or way of life of two people who have different cultural upbringing or socialization. It is expected that conflicts and tensions can occur during the marriage. But there are certain differences which can threaten a marital commitment. The following …

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Women Take Note: 5 Top Attitudes that Turn off Guys

Many women may not be aware that there are things that turn off men. Of course, this can be cultural. It depends on the type of social expectations and gender roles between sexes in a particular culture. But those who reside in urban centers with middle-class orientation, the following attitudes and behaviors can generally turn …

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