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    the meaning of "learned attitudes"

    Hi there!

    I'd like to ask someone who speaks English as a native language.

    The following passage is a part of an article that encourages readers to study in a foreign country.

    Learned attitudes and real experiences are especially important since the future will be increasingly international, like it or not. Not only large companies but even small businesses will compete directly with foreign firms. What will be needed is not so much high-level business training as a cross-cultural sense. The future competitiveness of a nation in seclusion is dubious...

    I don't know what exactly "learned attitudes" means. I'd appreciate your help.


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    Re: the meaning of "learned attitudes"

    Attitudes are feelings about something, our approach to the world. Learned means that these feelings, reactions or approaches are not automatic, but taught to us by our culture. Our attitudes may be associated with our values and may affect our actions. If we share these cultural attitudes, we are more likely to act in the expected or acceptable manner and express the expected and acceptable thoughts.

    For example, in person A's culture, there is a learned attitude of confidence. Person A must believe in his own ability, and will not be hesitant to tell others exactly what he thinks he is good at. He may even exaggerate his ability at times, because this is what people in his culture expect. In person B's culture, there is a learned attitude of humility. Person B would never express confidence in his own ability; he will wait for others to acknowledge the quality of his work. If asked, he will minimize his achievements because to do otherwise would be bragging and rude. Now, if person B goes into person A's culture and tries to get a job, he will have a very hard time. Person A will think that B is not very capable or able to do the work since B will not make any claims about his own ability. If A does know about B's capability and achievements, he will still see B's lack of confidence as a problem that could lead to poor working ability.

    The article says that if we want to work in an international market, we must learn the attitudes of that international culture.

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