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    Tatemae, Honne and Flyting

    Two things remain remarkably constant. One is personality and the other is culture. And they overlap.

    A good example is the Japanese distinction between tatemae and honne. Tatemae means the face you present to the world and honne means what you feel in your heart.

    Tatemae and honne define the Japanese culture and the Japanese personality. In the same way Flyting defines the Scottish personality and culture. And as Oz was founded by the Scottish Enlightenment, Flyting also throws light on the Australian sense of humour.

    So it would make as much sense to relegate discussion of tatemae and honne to the Graveyard, as is makes sense to relegate Flyting to the Graveyard.

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    What would be the bulk of discussion on the forum then? Personality and the understanding of it is what brings people here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    What would be the bulk of discussion on the forum then? Personality and the understanding of it is what brings people here.
    This is true.

    However personalities make up a culture, then the culture makes personalities, just as we make our tools and our tools make us.

    Culture gives us the context in which personalities exist. And indeed culture is mediated through personality. The two are inextricably mixed.

    And focusing on one without the other is unbalanced.

    However the global village makes parochialism costly and untenable as well as distasteful.

    We live in a multicultural world and we need to start to understand one another's cultures to understand personality.

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