Score Yourself: Individualism or Collectivism  

 

The following choices tend to be more characteristic of individualists:

1b, 2b, 3a, 4a, 5b, 6b, 7b, 8a, 9a, 10b

These choices tend to be more characteristic of collectivists:

1a, 2a, 3b, 4b, 5a, 6a, 7a, 8b, 9b, 10a

Understanding the differences between individualist and collectivist cultural orientations is important, but it is only a starting point in figuring out how to adapt to another culture. Incidents occur everyday overseas that illustrate why understanding cultural differences is important. By learning general concepts like individualism and collectivism, one can often figure out an underlying source for puzzling behavior. Events that might otherwise seem odd or strange can often be explained by general cultural principals.

 

INSIGHT..!   Culture influences whether you act more like an individualist or a collectivist.

 


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