Learning is a very individual process, meaning that people from different backgrounds, cultures, upbringings, and political affiliations see and process life differently. One individual learning concept that interests me is suicide bombers. The mentality of these suicide bombers is bred through growing up in a collectivist culture. Because they are bred to believe that their lives are not as important as the majority, they are willing to sacrifice them for something they believe to be the greater good. I understand this mentality because it relates to how I feel about my family; these people are willing to sacrifice everything for others, and although I have been raised in an individualist culture, we still believe in protecting our own.
Another individual learning concept I find interesting is terrorism. One big thing that comes to mind for this topic is the COVID-19 pandemic. There is currently a woman in the United States that fled from Beijing because she is claiming she has proof that the virus was made in a Wuhan lab. For the sake of this example, let’s say this is true and that it actually was made there, which is an example of global terrorism. Leading back to the topic of individual learning, it is important to understand the way officials were raised within China. To be clear, this analysis has nothing to do with the civilians because I believe them to be completely innocent in the matter. As the officials are communist, what they want is for everyone else to be within the same governing body. The officials’ individual learning experience has been all about making China number one and creating a world of communism.
The next individual learning concept I want to talk about is the idea of saving face. This concept has much to do with the cultural background of the individual. In my life, the idea of saving face is unique to my culture, and since we care about competition and individual gains, it is likely that I will try to save face at the cost of others’ faces. In Chinese culture, they believe in avoiding disagreements and do not often challenge face with one another. Instead, they give face in support of others’ face. This is a good representation of the idea of individual thinking because it shows how different people interact with each other based on how they were raised based on the culture around them.
The last concept about individual learning is the images of self. I have been raised to be confident, kind, helpful, and understanding, and this has a drastic effect on how I view the world. I would never cause harm to another person unless forced to in threat of my own or someone else’s life, I would never make fun of people, at least to their face. I always try to help people when I can, especially those close to me. This relates to individual learning in that it has everything to do with the culture, background, and upbringing that I have experienced in my life.
Moran, R. T., Abramson, N. R., & Moran, S. V. (2014). Managing Cultural Differences (9th ed.). Oxford: Routledge.