Human Behavior Is More Influenced By Things Outside Of Us Than Inside

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Philip Zimbardo, a famous psychologist, once stated, “That human behavior is more influenced by things outside of us than inside. The 'situation ' is the external environment. The inner environment is genes, moral history, religious training.” The external environment has a powerful impact on human behavior. Some cultural norms, which are the accepted ways of thinking, feeling, or behaving, are formed due to the influence of the external environment. One example of this is personal space. Western cultures and eastern cultures have a different perception of personal space. Personal space in America is large while compared to the Chinese culture. Due to the difference in levels of personal space, there is also a difference in the level of discomfort between western and eastern cultures. One of the important reasons for the difference in personal space between the different cultures may have been due to their environment. With a population of 1.3 billion, China has a small living space. People live closer, eat closer and stand closer. However, with a population of 318 million, America has a large living space. People live farther, eat father and stand farther. American dorms usually are composed of 2 to 4 people while Chinese dorms are composed of 6 to 8 people. The difference in the environment had caused a difference in personal space between Chinese and Americans. Consequently, as a Chinese American, who travels from America to China often, I have noticed the difference

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