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Mgt 311 Week 3 Case Study Of Social Psychology

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Stage fright, a bad case of the nerves before a first date, perhaps a few of those proverbial butterflies in the stomach when preparing for a job interview: all of these are symptoms of social anxiety that the general American population accepts as normal. Everyone has those moments when the pressure is on and they fear what others may think about them if they mess it up. For some people, this is more than an occasional bout of nervousness during an abnormally stressful circumstances; it can be a debilitating reaction to any number of social situations. If the social anxiety is experienced regularly and to an abnormal extent, it is often diagnosed as social anxiety disorder. Normally, people with social anxiety disorder fear that they will do or say something that will invoke a negative evaluation from other people, causing personal embarrassment. However, there are some people for whom this social anxiety takes on an entirely different approach. Instead of fearing that they will embarrass or humiliate themselves, they become afraid that they might embarrass or offend other people. When this is the case, the disorder is referred to as taijin kyofusho,…show more content…
Yoshinaga, Kobori, Iyo, and Shimizu (2013) state that “In collectivistic cultures, harmony within the group is a higher priority than fulfilling individual goals, and norms and role expectations have a considerable impact on behavior” (p. 10). Using Japanese child-rearing as an example, they go on to explain how children who grow up being told that they must put the feelings of others before their own, and also meet the expectations and obligations of others, are more likely to develop a fear of offending other people. Since individualistic cultures generally encourage autonomousity more than self-sacrifice, it is easy to see how people in these cultures might be less susceptible to a fear of offending
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