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This book provides a comprehensive view of a psychology of the American culture, expanding on the template of the European American cultures and showing how its values of individualism, competition, Protestant work ethic, materialism, enjoyment of leisure activities, physical attractiveness and need for status and power are expressed in everyday communication styles, education and social activities.
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Dr. Lena Hall is a psychologist and Associate Professor in the College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. She received her Ph.D. In Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida, Gainesville. The book expands on the template of the European American cultures showing how its values of individualism, competition, Protestant work ethics, materialism, enjoyment of leisure activities, physical attractiveness and need for status and power are expressed in everyday communications styles, and educational, and social activities. It shows how the significance of individualism focuses on the importance of the self and the maintenance of high self-esteem; and how these and other closely related American values are all exemplified in, social relationships, sports activities, and television programs. The book weaves the picture of a cultural mosaic, that notwithstanding its diversity, through processes of acculturation and enculturation, now includes individuals who work to attain the American Dream by adapting to the values and beliefs of their new home.Review:
From the Foreword: "This book is a comprehensive view of the beliefs, values and behaviors of the American culture...In this book the author guides the reader through all the psychological variables that Americans employ... [it] includes the vast array of pastime activities, including sports, movies, and holiday celebrations, that are endemic to the culture's needs... these pastimes fulfil the psychological needs for affiliation, social identity formation, competition, and rugged individualism involved in their free and independent choices." -Dr. Gudo Gayle-Evans, University of South Florida. From a Peer Review: "This work fills a cavernous gap in the multicultural literature...Various readers will find this book an indispensable resource, Whether they are studying counseling, psychology, education or political science...the strengths of Dr. Hall's book are: the originality of the conceptualizations, the clarity of the writing , and the validity of the conclusions...[it] illuminates the subtle influences of the American culture on our sense of self..." -Dr. Ellen Flynn, University of Bridgeport.
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