Social Self As Part Of Depression

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Adding on to that, another study showed a culturally salient factor ,negative social self as constituting part of depression. (Koh, Chang ,Fung and Kee 2007, p.225) This negative social self was found to cause hopelessness, poor self esteem, and "control related beliefs." (Koh, Chang ,Fung and Kee 2007, p.225) The study goes on to further state that "culturally embedded stressors" (Yamamoto et al. 1997, cited in Koh, Chang ,Fung and Kee 2007, p.226) strongly influences the "phenomenological experiences of emotions and their communications." (Koh, Chang ,Fung and Kee 2007, p.226) It was found that Taiwan had lower levels of depression and other psychiatric disorders as compared to the US. (Hwu et al 1989, cited in Caldwell-Harris & Aycicegi 2006, p.334) Caldwell-Harris and Aycicegi (2006) also state that collectivist societies "may create conditions that foster depression and anxiety", due to lower autonomy and higher dependency. The study also claims that idiocentrics (individuals with individualistic tendencies) and allocentrics (individuals with collectivist tendencies) possess different values and outlooks on life. (Schwartz 1990, cited in Caldwell-Harris & Aycicegi 2006, p.332) Kassin, Fein and Markus (2013) also proves the relations between personality and environment, claiming that "self concept is heavily influenced by cultural factors." These studies show the impact of culture and environment on an individual 's personality, thus highlighting the interrelations…
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