Cultural And Gender Differences Of Emotion

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Cultural and Gender Differences in Emotion
“Emotions are the cornerstones of our social worlds, affecting our interactions with others in countless ways” (Soto, Levenson, and Ebling, 2005). The domain of emotion is vast with many aspects to investigate and discover. Research suggests that there are basic emotions of anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise and also more complex emotions such as contempt, embarrassment, pride, and shame (Tracy & Robins, 2008). Two areas of interest in the literature culture (e.g., Tsai, Levensen, & McCoy, 2006) and gender (e.g., Hess, Adams, & Kleck, 2004).
Culture refers to socially shared and transmitted patterns of ideas (values, norms, and beliefs) that are instantiated in everyday practices, institutions, and artifacts (Tsai, Levenson, & McCoy, 2006). Culture may play an important role in emotional regulation and expression. Of particular interest is the interplay between collectivistic and individualistic societies and social expectations and customs. Tsai, Louie, Chen, & Uchida (2007) explored cultural factors that influence idea affect. There are many ways that individuals within a culture can be influenced or biased. One such way is young children being influenced that certain emotions are more acceptable or more desired than others. The study focused on the central themes of children’s storybooks and the emotions connected with the themes whether calm or active. American children tend to…
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