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Is it ever appropriate not to follow local cultural norms?

“Imagine it’s your first day on the job as chief operating officer of a global manufacturing company in a foreign country. You don’t speak the language, you don’t know where the company’s plants are located, and you don’t even know how to make a phone call.”

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Culture and Archetypal Wounding: A Biocognitive Perspective

Part 1: Understanding Shaming Across Cultures through Hofstede Dimensions

Lately I have been spending some time reading and learning about biocognitive psychology and its relation to cultures.  All the information comes from Dr. Mario Martinez and the Biocognitive Science Institute.  I have some sources at the bottom of this article. 

The aim of this series of three blog posts is to first summarize some core teaching from Dr. Martinez and then to apply the Hofstede framework of cultural dimensions to connect how socialization, as determined by cultural norms, can both explain behaviors that are sourced in “archetypal wounds” and perhaps give us ways to deal with these patterns in our work. 

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