Thursday, October 15, 2009

Overview of Culture Part 1

Culture has three parts that form a whole:

  • Behavior: Outward actions and responses that we can see and consequently label and/or stereotype.
  • Values: Our concepts about the world, as established by our social environment and authorities.
  • Beliefs: Our core ideas about the world which are predominantly formed by personal experience.
These parts of culture are like an artichoke:
  • Petals: The outside appearance. Unless we’ve actually pulled apart the artichoke, this would be all we’d think an artichoke is.
  • Fuzzy Choke: This is connected to the leaves as well as the heart.
  • Heart: This is the core that drives behavior and is confirmed by personal experience.
These three parts are distinct yet form the whole.

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