Information, perspective, and judgments about the self in face and dignity cultures

Young Hoon Kim, Dov Cohen

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People's judgments about their own moral status and well-being were made differently by those from a Dignity culture (Anglo-Americans) and by those from a Face culture (Asian Americans). Face culture participants were more influenced by information processed from a third-person (compared with first-person) perspective, with information about the self having a powerful effect only when seen through another's eyes. Thus, (a) Asian Americans felt the greatest need for moral cleansing when thinking about how others would judge their many (vs. few) transgressions, but this effect did not hold when others were not invoked, and (b) Asian Americans defined themselves as having a rich social network and worthwhile life when thinking about how others would evaluate their many (vs. few) friendships, but again, effects did not hold when others were not invoked. In contrast, Anglo-Americans responded to information about their transgressions or friendships, but effects were pronounced only when other people were not invoked.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-550
Number of pages14
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010



  • Asian Americans vs. Anglo-Americans
  • Cross-cultural
  • Face and dignity cultures
  • Judgments
  • Perspective
  • The self

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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