Body-language and nonverbal communication

Bound to the context or the individuum?

Bound to the context or the individuum?

In June I wrote about my impression that Chinese language is a body language. A conclusion out of this issue can be the following:

On the one hand Chinese people are bound to each other by society, family or group identity but they show up within this context as some kind of only related person on the interactional level. When the person shows up individually when the person interacts it relates to the context. We in the Western countries call this: bound to family and social life or structures. We also have the opinion that this is a sign of social / cultural bound identity.

In contrast to that we in the western countries…………….. are more familiar to a individualized life or habit. We live in a society, in a family, in a group, but most of these spaces of relationship are defined by our personal identity and our personal way of doing things and the very personal habit to live relationships in the way we want to. We show up as the person we are. We show up on the level of self-expression, interaction, relationship and (unconsciously or consciously) way of reflecting our context.

This can easily be seen and regarded by scientific or practical experience.

Thus sometimes it just seems to be the other way around:

  • we in the western countries seem to be individuum orientated but still are cling to (self-) reflection and reflection on being bound to the context or interacting with the context we live in.
  • Chinese or Asian people seem to be social / cultural / family orientated people. But to me it seems that often it is the other way around. I remember  quite a lot Chinese who are bound to the social / cultural structure, but don`t reflect on it. If they follow the so called basic principals of their context, they behave clearly and directly very personal or individuum orientated.
  • As a Western you then often don´t have any chance to be integrated in their way of living. Either you fit to their idea, proposition and will or not. Often their there is no in-between. In contrast we as Western behave individuum orientated but inside we think about the context, the other people, the situation even if others don`t this in the moment when it´s happening. And often we are clung to this livin-in-betweeen.

Can this lead to the conclusion that:

  • we in the Western world seem to be indualized people but inside we are social-bound? So just behaving as if we were independent.
  • and Chinese or other Asian people inside seem to feel social / cultural-bound but they often behave strictly individuallly. Just following their own will.

Well, I will follow this issue some day later this month.

Have a nice time.


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