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    controlled emotion?

    Hello Everyone,

    The following sentences are taken from my textbook! I would like to know here what "controlled emotion" mean? Can you give me some examples?

    In the United States, when you speak of upper, middle and lower classes you speak not of national origin or ethnicity but of power and control over material resources. Economic power in the United States today is largely held by youthful, able-bodied White males. Whites in the United States tend not to recognize the existence of a White culture. White culture resulted from a synthesis of ideas, values and beliefs inherited from European ethnic groups in the United States, As the dominant culture in the United States, White culture is the foundation of social norms and organizations.

    In terms of cross-cultural communication, the dominant White culture includes communication patterns of Standard English, direct eye contact, limited physical contact, and controlled emotions. Nondominant groups are supposed to follow that pattern in one way or another.


    A multicultural society, therefore, faces the communication challenges presented by multiple language use, contrasting values, and cultural prejudice.

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    Re: controlled emotion?

    It means to control one's emotions.

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    For example, click here Controlling your emotions in negotiations.

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    Re: controlled emotion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    It means to control one's emotions.

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    I know controlled emotions means control one's emotions. I am told that typical American character is that they tend to express their emotions rather than controlling it. For example, when they experience something good, like promotions, wage increase, being enrolled by famous universities, ect, they will show off their emomotions, telling others happily about all what has happened! And If something bad happens, they would also like to share with others about them instead of hiding in their mind. Comparatively speaking, at least from my experience and understanding, controlled emotions is one of the characteristics of traditional Chinese cultures. Tolerance , under the influnce of confusiurism, is advocated in China, esp in ancient China. It is quite at odds with that of Westners, as far as I know. For example, in China at the end of each year, some employees will be awarded with Hongbao: a certain amount of cash or bank card rewarded according to how good their job has been finished. Under such situations, the personnels try to act as nothing special has occured-they are not a far cry from normal days!

    Therefore, I am wondering here why the passage introduced here says that " controlled emotions" is typical identity of American cultures?

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    Re: controlled emotion?

    I gather the author is saying that controlling one's emotions (i.e., being reserved) differentiates those who hold power and those who don't.


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    Re: controlled emotion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I gather the author is saying that controlling one's emotions (i.e., being reserved) differentiates those who hold power and those who don't.


    Sorry, I can't catch your meaning! Could you explain more?

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    Re: controlled emotion?

    In terms of cross-cultural communication, the dominant White culture includes communication patterns of Standard English, direct eye contact, limited physical contact, and controlled emotions.
    I disagree with the author's statement.

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    Re: controlled emotion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    In terms of cross-cultural communication, the dominant White culture includes communication patterns of Standard English, direct eye contact, limited physical contact, and controlled emotions.
    I disagree with the author's statement.
    Could you share your opinions here?

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    Re: controlled emotion?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post

    The following sentences are taken from my textbook!
    Do not use EMs willy nilly.

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    I would like to know here what "controlled emotion" means?

    We white males are supposedly undemonstrative and do not display much emotion in encounters with others.

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Can you give me some examples?



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    Re: controlled emotion?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Could you share your opinions here?
    Sorry, Sky. The assumptions held by the author lend themselves to a discussion that has the potential of bordering on views relating to discrimination and such practices. Your request to further this topic has me somewhat confused.

    If there is something language related you would like to discuss, by all means provide it.

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    Re: controlled emotion?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Could you share your opinions here?
    It's a stereotype. I'll tell you a little about white Americans. For starters, we don't like to be called white Americans. (The phrase White Americans is even worse.) The Europeans who migrated to this country came from several countries: England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain, and several others. Each country has a different language, culture and history. And now their descendants in America are supposed to be all alike? I don't think so.


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