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Title: HOW DO JAPANESE PERCEIVE INDIVIDUALISM? EXAMINATION OF THE MEANING OF INDIVIDUALISM IN JAPAN
Authors: OGIHARA, Yuji
UCHIDA, Yukiko  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8336-2423 (unconfirmed)
Kusumi, Takashi
Author's alias: 荻原, 祐二
内田, 由紀子
楠見, 孝
Keywords: individualism
meaning
independence
interpersonal relationships
discrepancy between own attitude and predicted others' attitude
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Psychologia Society
Journal title: Psychologia
Volume: 57
Issue: 3
Start page: 213
End page: 223
Abstract: It has been suggested that individualistic systems have been recently employed in Japan, and Japanese people have become more individualistic. However, previous research suggested that such cultural changes have negative associations with interpersonal relationships and happiness for Japanese (Ogihara & Uchida, 2014). In the present research, to demonstrate a negative aspect of individualism in Japan, we examined the meaning of individualism which Japanese people hold. Japanese participants aged 16 to 69 reported their evaluation to the word "individualism" and their perception of an "individualistic person." We found that individualism was regarded as being neutral and ambivalent, including both the positive aspect of being "with independence and freedom" and the negative aspect of being "without positive interpersonal relationships." In contrast, participants predicted others' evaluation of individualism to be more negative than their own evaluation, since they presumed that others would not consider the positive aspect of independence and freedom.
Rights: The copyright for articles published in the journal is held by the Psychologia Society.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2433/198302
DOI(Published Version): 10.2117/psysoc.2014.213
Related Link: http://www.educ.kyoto-u.ac.jp/cogpsy/psychologia/
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