Cross Cultural Psychology

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Cross Cultural Psychology

Sandra Lattin


Tanya James

University of Phoenix

Cross Cultural Psychology

Psychology in whole has many fields in which to study. Cross cultural psychology is one of the many and its main focus is on the study of human behavior in diverse cultures. This paper will define cross cultural psychology and examine the critical thinking and methodology involved with it.

Cross cultural psychology is a fairly recent addition to the field of psychology, established in 1972. Since that time this field of psychology has increased in growth and development to become much more widely used. There are many psychologists, for example, that presently examine how the many worldwide cultures differ on various dimensions.

Culture is often referred to as the blue print of a person, such as behaviors, traditions, beliefs, and values in which passes on through each generation.

Although cultures tend to have similar characteristics; cultures throughout the world also have significant differences. As a case in point, there are some universal feelings that people from all cultures experience; such as grief, sadness and happiness, but yet these feelings are expressed differently across each individual culture. Thus, the concept of culture is directly related to cross-cultural psychology. Cross-cultural psychology does not only concern itself with the differences between different cultural groups; it also establishes psychological universals, that is, phenomena common for people in several, many, or perhaps all cultures.

Culture is an array of attitudes, behaviors and symbols communal by a large group of people and is usually passed down from generation to generation (Shiraev & Levy, 2007). Although some cultures may seem very similar, no two cultures are exactly alike (Shiraev & Levy, 2007). Many varieties of culture exist. Ethnic cultures such as...