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    Why the Chinese Love Conformity

    Cultural stereotypes may be deep rooted in our genetic makeup, say scientists.
    Common traits like British individualism and Chinese conformity could be attributed to genetic differences between races according to a new study.
    The study, by the department of psychology at Northwestern University in Illinois, suggests that the individualism seen in western nations, and the higher levels of collectivism and family loyalty found in Asian cultures, are caused by differences in the prevalence of particular genes.

    Genetic study: Common traits like British individualism and Chinese conformity could be attributed to genetic differences between races according to new research
    'We demonstrate for the first time a robust association between cultural values of individualism–collectivism and the serotonin transporter gene,' said Joan Chiao, from the department of psychology at Northwestern University.


    Chiao and her colleagues combined data from global genetic surveys, looking at variations in the prevalence of various genes. The findings were matched with other research which ranked nations by levels of individualism and collectivism.
    The team focused their attentions on the gene that controls levels of serotonin, a chemical in the brain which regulates mood and emotions.


    Their studies found that one version of the gene was far more common in western populations which, they said, was associated with individualistic and free-thinking behaviour.
    Another version of the same gene, which was prevalent in Asian populations, they said was associated with collectivism and a greater willingness to put the common good first.
    People with this gene appeared to have a different response to serotonin.

    If they are confirmed, the findings made by Chiao and her colleagues would suggest that races may have a number of inherent psychological differencesjust as they differ in physical appearances.
    Chiao suggests that the version of the gene predominating in Asian populations is associated with heightened anxiety levels and increased risk of depression.
    She adds that such populations respond by structuring their society to ward off those negative effects.
    The success of such social structures would then ensure that the gene would spread.
    She added the findings showed how culture could exert a powerful influence on human genetics and evolution.
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    This reminds me of what happens when people apply the same thinking to clearly inferior groups.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-race-row.html
    They can get away with it with Asians because they can be successful and tend to be clever but any research on blacks is destroyed.

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    I can't speak for the other germanics, but we specifically germans tend to conformity also. Not to such a high degree as the asians, but we like to fit in. We like the feeling of belonging. When I was home in Germany I had my favorite greengrocer who would give me a bottle of wine for christmas and slip me a few extra tomatoes or something frequently or give me a good deal, I had my bakery where the salesladies would greet me by name, and I had a restaurant where they knew where I liked to sit and what I liked to eat and a bar where they knew what I drank and that I wanted a glass of tapwater with the first drink so that I wouldn't be drinking thirsty. It made me feel at home. And I did the same with my regular customers. Hotel guests. I knew which newspapers they liked and had them ready when they checked in, and what kind of fruit the liked in their rooms and what to offer them to eat when they came "home" for the evening. When you are bound in a community like that, you don't want to make waves. It's different with family because they have to ...tolerate... you whatever you do. You have to make an effort for non relatives. I would like to see whatever gene they are testing the asians for tested for in various germanic populations. Especially us germans.
    Das Recht und die Gerechtigkeit haben nur selten miteinander etwas zu tun. Höchstens machen sie winki winki wenn sie aneinander vorbei gehen.
    The Law and Justice have only seldom anything to do with one another. At the most they wave at each other when they pass one another on the street.
    Niemals vergessen. Niemals vergeben.

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    I don't if there is an actual "conformity gene", or if it's just a cultural climate. Not impossible that it has been in our culture and way of life for so long, that it's genetic by now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Schnadelbach View Post
    I would like to see whatever gene they are testing the asians for tested for in various germanic populations. Especially us germans.
    My own people, the Swedes, are also a very conformist people. Probably even more than the Germans. We like to follow the group, and have a whole set of unspoken rules to prevent as much friction within the group as possible. There was once a "cultural world map" on the internet, which I can't find now, but it placed the North Germanic cultures very close to the Confucian cultures found in China and Japan.

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