5 Status, Rank, and Role Boundaries as Inhibitors

How we relate to another person, whether we tell or ask, whether we want to build more trust and openness, whether we just want acknowledgment or something more, is best thought of in terms of situations. In every culture children are taught how to behave and feel in a variety of situations. These situations are defined by the mutual intentions of the people coming together and, within a given culture, most of us know what is situationally appropriate—the rules and the etiquette governing the situation. Most of us are so thoroughly acculturated that we are unaware of these rules and how scripted we are. This is true especially in situations in which the participants are of different rank or status. ...

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