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Understanding Arabs, Fifth Edition: A Contemporary Guide to Arab Society by Margaret Nydell

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CHAPTER 3EMOTION AND LOGIC

How people deal with emotion and what value they place on objective versus subjective behavior is culturally conditioned. While objectivity is given considerable emphasis in Western culture, the opposite is true in Arab culture. Among Arabs, though, whatever you encounter, there are always reasons; no behavior is random.

image OBJECTIVITY AND SUBJECTIVITY

Westerners are taught that objectivity, the examination of facts in a logical way without the intrusion of emotional bias, is the mature and constructive approach to human affairs. One of the results of this belief is that in Western culture, subjectivity—a willingness to ...

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