Cultural affordances and emotional experience: socially engaging and disengaging emotions in Japan and the United States.

@article{Kitayama2006CulturalAA,
  title={Cultural affordances and emotional experience: socially engaging and disengaging emotions in Japan and the United States.},
  author={Shinobu Kitayama and Batja Mesquita and Mayumi Karasawa},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2006},
  volume={91 5},
  pages={890-903}
}
The authors hypothesized that whereas Japanese culture encourages socially engaging emotions (e.g., friendly feelings and guilt), North American culture fosters socially disengaging emotions (e.g., pride and anger). In two cross-cultural studies, the authors measured engaging and disengaging emotions repeatedly over different social situations and found support for this hypothesis. As predicted, Japanese showed a pervasive tendency to reportedly experience engaging emotions more strongly than… CONTINUE READING
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