America set the scale for that nonsense

Will Storr:

Richard Nisbett spoke of a Japanese friend who noticed that Americans always seemed to be looking for opportunities to build one another’s self-esteem. ‘If someone gives a talk, they’ll say, “Great talk, man,” no matter how bad it was. In Japan, they’d say, “Oh, I felt so sorry for you. You seemed so nervous.” They don’t regard it as an obligation to boost the self-esteem of other people. Of course, America set the scale for that nonsense.

One thought on “America set the scale for that nonsense

  1. I think the middle option is the best. “Great talk, man. But maybe you could do this or that next time. I’m proud of you”. Validate the person and then give them constructive criticism , if you care about them.

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