Individualism vs. Collectivism in the West vs. East

  • “I”
  • Individuals responsible for their own well being
  • Individuals take care of themselves
  • Individual success
  • Express individual identity.
  • The task first and the relationships second.
  • “autonomy of the individual, emotional independence, personal initiative, privacy, and the clear awareness of his “I””
  • independence and personal identity
  • Focus on self
  • Emotions (encourages expression)
  • Equality
  • Uniqueness
  • Challenge authority
  • [T]he “independent,” individualistic self stresses uniqueness, defines itself via inherent attributes such as its traits, abilities, values, and preferences, and tends to see things in isolation
  • “We”
  • Making decisions for the group.
  • The group will take care of each other.
  • Success is primarily attributed to the group. (If an individual makes the winning shot in the game, its in part due to team effort)
  • Restraint self to fit in with the group.
  • Relationships first and the task second.
  • “emotional dependence, group solidarity, and the tendency to comply with the decision of the group.”
  • unity and selflessness
  • Focus on family/group
  • Emotions (encourages restraint)
  • Hierarchy
  • Conformity
  • Obedience to authority
  • the “interdependent,” collectivist self — stresses commonality, defines itself via its place, roles, loyalties, and duties, and tends to see things in context.

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