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Psychology of  the Mexicans Don Kilburg (2004) 10/03/09
Purpose <ul><li>To introduce you to some broad trends in Mexican Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>To give you some practical s...
Topics of Discussion <ul><li>Attempts by Mexicans to identify a Mexican Mindset </li></ul><ul><li>D í az-Guerrero’s “Psych...
Attempts by Mexicans to Identify a Mexican Mindset <ul><li>Jose Vasconcelos (1925), writer </li></ul><ul><li>La Raza C ó s...
D í az-Guerrero’s  Psychology of the Mexican (1976) <ul><li>Love and Power </li></ul><ul><li>Mexican: Affiliation-Hierarch...
A Contemporary Perspective:  Simpat í a <ul><li>Simpat í a : the search for social harmony coupled with expressive display...
Cultural Styles, Relational Schemas, & Prejudice  Against Outgroups <ul><li>Cognitive frameworks:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A...
Practical Suggestions <ul><li>Overseas assignment failure rate: 30-40% (Herring, 2003); Insufficient cultural preparation ...
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2004 Psychology Of the Mexicans

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Psychology of the Mexicans, 2004. A PowerPoint given at the Foreign Service Institute, for Mexican Area Studies. I took a psychologist's perspective on Mexican culture/people in this presentation, for a State Department training session.

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2004 Psychology Of the Mexicans

  1. 1. Psychology of the Mexicans Don Kilburg (2004) 10/03/09
  2. 2. Purpose <ul><li>To introduce you to some broad trends in Mexican Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>To give you some practical suggestions for understanding & interacting with Mexicans </li></ul>10/03/09
  3. 3. Topics of Discussion <ul><li>Attempts by Mexicans to identify a Mexican Mindset </li></ul><ul><li>D í az-Guerrero’s “Psychology of the Mexican” </li></ul><ul><li>A Contemporary Perspective: Simpat í a </li></ul>10/03/09
  4. 4. Attempts by Mexicans to Identify a Mexican Mindset <ul><li>Jose Vasconcelos (1925), writer </li></ul><ul><li>La Raza C ó smica </li></ul><ul><li>Samuel Ramos (1938), philosopher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>El Perfil del Hombre y La Cultura en M é xico </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Octavio Paz (1959), poet </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>El Laberinto de la Soledad </li></ul></ul></ul>10/03/09
  5. 5. D í az-Guerrero’s Psychology of the Mexican (1976) <ul><li>Love and Power </li></ul><ul><li>Mexican: Affiliation-Hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>American: Power-Equality </li></ul><ul><li>“ the mother is the dearest person in existence” </li></ul>10/03/09
  6. 6. A Contemporary Perspective: Simpat í a <ul><li>Simpat í a : the search for social harmony coupled with expressive displays </li></ul><ul><li>Experimental evidence of relational styles </li></ul><ul><li>(Sanchez-Burks, et al., 2000) </li></ul><ul><li>Practical Suggestions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Socioemotional consciousness raising </li></ul></ul>10/03/09
  7. 7. Cultural Styles, Relational Schemas, & Prejudice Against Outgroups <ul><li>Cognitive frameworks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American – Task </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mexican – Task + Socioemotional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Question: would subjects’ perception of workgroup performance vary as a fxn of workgroup style, workgroup ethnicity, and/or subjects’ ethnicities? </li></ul><ul><li>Lab Experiment: w/ video’d workgps. in tutoring session </li></ul><ul><li>Field Experiment: w/ student advisory committees </li></ul>10/03/09
  8. 8. Practical Suggestions <ul><li>Overseas assignment failure rate: 30-40% (Herring, 2003); Insufficient cultural preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Task and Socioemotional orientations not necessarily a trade-off </li></ul><ul><li>In MBT terminology, T  F and J  P </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the stereotypes for working models, but don’t cling to them </li></ul><ul><li>Culture Shock! Mexico : </li></ul><ul><li>One single lesson…Flexibility </li></ul>10/03/09

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