American Cultural Patterns: A Cross-Cultural Perspective by Edward C. Stewart, Milton J. Bennett

By Edward C. Stewart, Milton J. Bennett

This research of yank behavioural and notion styles analyzes Americans' perceptual methods and the way they distinction with the methods of taking into consideration different cultures. The textual content covers language and non-verbal behaviour and breaks down cultural styles into 4 dimensions: kind of job, kind of social family members, conception of the realm, and belief of the self. This research is helping the reader study the cultural dimensions of communique and their implications for cross-cultural interplay.

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At the core, thinking is the mental ability to govern adaptation and to search for meaning below the sensation-driven surface and beyond the reach of facts. Since the plunge below the surface to the depths of thought takes only about half a second, object perception is quickly overwhelmed by the subjective processes of thinking. As we probe the depths of the mind, the influence of sensory stimuli diminishes while that of thinking increases. Thus while the sensation-perception-thinking process presents itself as an unbroken strand, a clear distinction can be made between sensation at its surface and the mental activity taking place at the deepest levels.

They seized upon fugitive sensations as the keystone of their thought, describing the sensible world as made up of momentary flashes of energy (Stcherbatsky 1962, 79). Sensation was but the reflex response to those flashes. These Buddhists believed that only the first moment could be known directly before it was annihilated. The present moment alone was captured by sensation, not the preceding nor the following one. The reality of that single moment was unutterable; it existed outside conceptual determination and beyond words (Stcherbatsky, 186).

It is likely that a way of thinking close to the perception end of the continuum would be particularly adept at attaching meaning to the immediately perceived events, and such seems to be the case with the Japanese. Japanese thought is as close to analog perception as any other defined pattern of thinking. As might therefore be expected, the Japanese are typically more sensitive than Americans to nonverbal behavior, an analog form of communication. They have a searching perception that notices the appearance of people, what they do, and how they do it.

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