Cultural jet lag

15/10/2010 § Leave a comment

Cultural shizophrenia / Cultural jet lag

The expression cultural jet lag (or cultural jetlag or CJL) was first coined by Marc Perraud during his research into cross-cultural psychology.[1] He describes the expression as thephenomenon of partial socialization in adults born from bi-cultural/national unions and whose childhood was characterized by nomadic displacement during key personality developmental stagesJet symbolically designates international travel as the cause, cultural lag the resulting disconnect observed in these patients.

During some of the presentations of his research, Marc Perraud also coined the term cultural schizophrenia to explain the elements of confusion in children constantly exposed to changing cultural and moral environments.This expression is to be seen only as an attempt at vulgarization using popular imagery and does not refer to the actual accepted psychological definition, diagnosis or symptoms of clinical schizophrenia.
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Being Frank and Open

14/07/2010 § Leave a comment

I found myself absolutely captivated by this interview.

Because of how open and positively retrospective Barbara Want is. She doesn’t make it easy, she talks about how angry it made her that people would just say “if there’s anything I can do let me know”, unapologetically informing the world that that wasn’t good enough. She discloses things she had felt she had to keep very secrete in the past, such as having made a list of people she wished death upon because she thought they had behaved badly following her husband’s death. She lets us in to view her raw, hardly censored (- and this is very important, I think) emotional opinions and with that thrown into question what we think we are as human beings. To some degree it is self-sacrificial. Maybe its going a little bit far but to me when raw emotions are offered up to be inspected in such a way they are being surrendered as hugely valuable case studies to psychology, sociology and even philosophy.

Here is a transcribed taster from the interview:

Do you think your anger that you say you felt, to some degree simply exaggerated your personality, that you were quite an angry person and this just brought it out? the presenter asks.

“I think, um, I think that’s a fair question. I think I am probably the kind of person why wears her emotions on her sleeves, I don’t take things lying down, I’ve always been driven to do things, I’ve been a journalist all my life and at times as a journalist anger at injustice has driven me to write stories and to pursue stories. So maybe I was an angry person anyway… um, its interesting that you ask that because again I think, again, that anger is such an ugly emotion that I think looking back over the last three years and seeing my anger and maybe recognising that there had been anger in my life before. I think it is an emotion we perhaps could do with understanding better because it is very motivating, its what drives as human beings, its what motivates us.”

Listen to the program “The Interview” from BBC Worldservice.

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