JRL NEWSWATCH: “Why are Russians so stingy with their smiles?” – The Conversation/Samuel Putnam
“… In our psychology research, we’ve noticed a striking difference in how often people smile in the United States when compared to Russia. To Americans, it might be easy to assume that this says something about Russians – that they’re an unfriendly, callous people. … that’s not the case …. there are two likely explanations …. Different cultures have different ‘display rules,’ or norms that dictate how individuals should express themselves. … often governed by something called ‘social distance,’ … the expectation of privacy in a given culture. * * * Second, this phenomenon can be viewed through the lens of cross-cultural differences in personality or temperament. …”
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