PSYC 2130 Chapter Notes - Chapter 14: Deconstruction, Extraversion And Introversion, Exaggeration

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The only way to understand a person is to get inside of their distinct view of reality. Construals of reality vary not just between individuals but across cultures as well. Ideas can take on drastically different meanings according to the cultural context; differ in their basic values as well. Cross cultural psychology attempts to address questions to further the understanding of cultures. Personality psychology focuses on psychological differences between individuals; culture comes into play for 2 reasons: Individuals may differ from each other to some extent because they belong to different cultural groups: members of some groups may differ from each other in distinctive ways. Psychological attribute of groups; may include language, modes of thinking and fundamental views of reality. Traditionally, cultural groups have been defined in terms of ethnicity, nationality and language, but important cultural differences can be found within national and linguistic borders as well as across them. Differences between cultural groups are almost entirely learned, not innate.

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