Culture and personality

The personality traits are the same in all human groups. But they are more or less marked depending on each individual and depend on the culture: the mentality is not the same everywhere [Our translation] (De Sutter, 2013).[1]

The individual personality results from the combination of temperament and character.

The particular influence of culture on personality is sometimes called mentality.

Several studies have shown that populations’ characteristics change from a cultural group to another and that functional differences can be attributed to the culture.[2] Stereotypes exist in intercultural matters.

See, e.g., Geert Hofstede 6 dimensions countries comparaison table.

[1] De Sutter, P. (2014), Cultures and mentalities [Cultures et mentalités]. L’essentiel Cerveau & psycho n°16, The personality. How it is built [La personnalité. Comment elle se construit], 46-51.

[2] Please refer e.g. to the researches of Geert Hoofstede, E.T. Hall or F. Trompenaars.