Interactions between Emotion and Cognition

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If anyone knows another language, or if English is your second language, please write briefly how you think and feel about language as a vehicle to understanding the nuances of a culture. If English is your only language, just please respond to what others might have said. It seems to me that there are parts of the English language that reflect cultural norms of the time. For instance, America is big on attractiveness. Now, what does it matter if a person is beautiful or not, yet the term 'attractive' is often paired with terms that are synonymous to 'good'. An example of this is "the future appears to be attractive". Take another instance where words are used in expression and then influence us in covert ways such as "it rained like cats and dogs" - what does that mean? Or "be a man (behave like a man)" we don't tell women to behave like a woman although we do tell them to be "lady-like" what does that mean? There are all kinds of ladies, an s well as there are all kinds of men. Cultural expectations have crept into words giving them a meaning that does not exist in the original symbol (when reduced to tis essence). Take the police of the South, in the pre-1970s who called the Black (professional though he may have been a 'boy'. The term that he deliberately chose reflects cultural impressions of a boy. Or we say that something is 'old' sometimes inferring that the object is decrepit and signifying our frustration with it. Who says that old is, necessarily, inferior to
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