Short-term vs. Long-term Cultures – Can they be ranked qualitatively?

Psychology and behavioral economics (see Dan Ariely at Duke University, for instance) tell us that decisions based solely on intuition and hot states (that is, intense momentary stimuli) are often wrong and unsustainable in the long term. They are influenced or even manipulated by limbic processes (shock, fear, loathing, pity, joy). Can we derive from … Continue reading Short-term vs. Long-term Cultures – Can they be ranked qualitatively?

Why Cultural Differences Matter – And Just How Much

I'll get straight to the point: They matter because they have the power to engender that most horrible feeling in human interactions - DISTRUST. Distrust is the worst thing you can have in a relationship with another person, especially a person you want something from (attention, appreciation, time, a job, an apartment). I have found … Continue reading Why Cultural Differences Matter – And Just How Much

How To Make Sense of Culture – Watch Out For These Cultural Dimensions

"No society is healthy or creative or strong unless that society has a set of common values that give meaning and purpose to group life (...) and that do not outrage men's reason, and, at the same time, appeal to their emotions." Clyde Kluckhohn - Culture and Behavior. But what is culture, really? Culture is … Continue reading How To Make Sense of Culture – Watch Out For These Cultural Dimensions