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Cultural differences in emotional expressions

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There are a number of ways in which cultures do differ in their emotional expressions. One important way is through what I’ve coined as display rules, which specify who can show which emotion to whom and when.

Cultures differ also in some of the specific events which are likely to call forth an emotion. For example, some of the foods which people in one culture find a delicacy, people in another culture find revolting, and differences are also found within a specific culture.

Although the specific event varies (the type of food), the general theme (ingesting something repulsive as a cause for disgust, or ingesting something attractive as a cause as of enjoyment) is universal.

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