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Individualistic vs. Collectivistic Cultures

Cultures are dynamic manifestations of a society’s value choices. They reflect a society’s preferences and approaches to problem-solving together with its citizen’s source of inspiration and motivation. In the world of psychology, cultures are often classified into two camps. Firstly, there are those cultures that are innately collectivist. Secondly, there are those cultures that are that are inclined to be more individualist in their philosophy. The Individualist – Collectivist Divide Individualist cultures, usually represented by Western cultures such as Western Europe and the United States, stress individual fulfilment without regard for their potential impact on collective group goals. This produces a robust framework of competition within a society. Collectivist cultures, often repres...

Why do we tend to forget people’s names?

Everyone knows that embarassing feeling when you are standing in front of a person and can’t remember his or her name a few minutes later after the introduction. It seems this is a trait that all human beings have in common. Here are the main reasons why it is so easy to forget people’s names. The next-in-line effect If there is a group of people and everyone has to introduce ones’ self, it is hard to concentrate and listen properly. Usually the concentration is devoted to our future performance, when we will need to say our name. Thus, there is not enough of capacity to memorize new names when the brain power is focused on ones’ self. The interest is not there Having interest is key. Some sociologists claim that more socially aware people tend to learn other person name much f...

US birth rate at all-time low

America faces a record low fertility rate for the second year in a row. The research had blamed the latest recession. But even after the economic recovery, the numbers do not look any better. The reason why Americans have fewer babies mainly hides behind financial insecurity. Also, it may be bounded with woman rights and the gender equality movement. Many related concerns like the immigration situation, education, housing, the labor market, and the governmental fund, affect Americans’ decision to have larger families. Besides that, young adults prefer to have more spare time for themselves and personal freedom; some of them are still single or not sure if they want to commit to this “challenge”; others are stopped because of the child-care costs. Below you can see a bar chart with th...

Swearing is Healthy

It is a paradox. A swearing vocabulary meant to be used for expression of strong anger or frustration. Well, usually these words shouldn’t be communicated in any verbal or non-verbal ways. However, our society calls these words as bad, impolite and inappropriate language. Meanwhile, the science justifies it: swearing is healthy. Keep reading to know how a “forbidden language” can actually benefit us. Benefits of swearing The author of the book Swearing Is Good For You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, Emma Byrne claims that swearing helps with stress management, pain, even team building. It also helps decreasing the level of aggression and physical violence. It’s important to point it out that swearing can easily provoke a laugh. Of course, it is related with expressing and camouflagin...

Why Relocating To Dublin Might Be A Smart Decision?

Dublin is a truly bewitching city of old-world cobbled streets, hedonistic pubs, medieval castles and soaring cathedrals contrasted to a vibrant cultural scene bursting with thriving art galleries and dynamic nightlife. With an economy beginning to rebound again, a magnificent architectural heritage and broad expanses of greenery coupled with some of the friendliest people on the face of the planet makes living in Dublin Ireland one of the most attractive places to call home. Relocating To Dublin Most expats in Dublin who live in Ireland will cheerfully expound on the manifest joys of living in this tumultuous city. From its Georgian architectural legacy to its determinedly cosmopolitan outlook, the last decade has seen Dublin unashamedly embrace diversity and multiculturalism. Here, as we...

Weird Italian Sayings, and What They Mean

Are you living in Italy and not sure what your Italian friends are going on about, even after a frantic search in your dictionary? You’re not alone.   There are some bizarre sayings in Italy that baffle even long-term expats. Here’s our guide to the best of the weird Italian sayings and what they mean. Avere le braccine corte | To have short arms There’s no need to take offence if an Italian acquaintance tells you your arms are short.  It may be a good idea to offer to buy them a drink though.  This is the saying Italians use when referring to stingy or cheap people (who seemingly are unable to reach their pockets to pay for anything). Hai voluto la bicicletta? E adesso pedala! | You wanted the bike? Now ride it! In English we use a similar expression, “you’ve made your b...

The Hidden Costs of not Taking Vacations

We know Americans be good at many things however vacationing isn’t one of them. Every year millions of American workers fail to take their allotted vacation days, according to workplace surveys. It seems that the overriding reason is fear but there are costs of not taking vacations. Last year, approximately 54% of Americans ended the year with unused vacation days. When added together, that is 662 million paid days off. About a third of these days (206 million) cannot be rolled over or exchanged for money. Fear of falling behind The lead deterrent to taking time off is the fear of falling behind with work (43% of people cited this as their main reason). The number 2 reason for not leaving the workplace is that people fear that no one else can do the job in their place. And, while man...

Why now is a Perfect Time to Invest in Andalusia, Spain

Andalusian cities have grown from being almost non-existent sleepy places, to sought-after gems for investment opportunities. There has been a high demand for properties and now is the perfect time to invest. Deciding whether to buy to sell or rent In the cities of Southern Spain there are many properties on the market which are focused on the local standards of the country. There are also fewer that have higher standards in quality, finish and equipment. We focus on creating North European standard apartments for permanent long term living, or also renting out as an investment. On the coastal areas there is more quality construction but also plenty of older properties which do not have energy efficiency which can lead to a higher maintenance cost. This may be the perfect area for the righ...

A Magazine Created for Expats by Expats: Issue No. 9

Welcome to the 9th Issue We are happy and excited to welcome you to our ninth edition of this magazine. 
A magazine for people who live, or plan to move abroad. This issue is concentrated on Spain. In the Featured City section you can learn more about life in three beautiful, sunny Spanish cities – Mallorca, Malaga and Marbella. Also, don’t miss your chance to find out where you can get traditional Spanish tapas free of charge, and introduce yourself to places worth spending your retirement. In the Culture Differences section we concentrate on the diversity of education systems across the globe. Did you know that Dutch children start going to the school after their 4th birthday? There are many more interesting stories to read for any taste! What are the numbers? According to th...

The Importance of Learning a Foreign Language

The world is shrinking as globalization and the Internet brings people together like never before. Yet the value of learning a foreign language remains as hotly debated as ever. Today, even a small business can find themselves competing overnight thanks to the power of eBay and Amazon.com. Moreover, Google translator and others are getting better. So, do the benefits of a foreign language still hold up? Foreign Language Staying Power Despite all the reasons you’ve heard about the benefits of learning another language, good for your degree, great for travelling, helpful for fast-tracking your career, many people still seem to believe being multilingual isn’t all that important anymore. We’re here to remind you that an ability to speak languages remains important, even in a shrinking world. ...

What’s It Like Living In Malaga?

By MyExpatsWorld Hello Sunny Days and Low-Cost Lifestyle in Málaga, Spain Spain’s Malaga are deservedly popular as a chic and unashamedly cosmopolitan destination for expats and holidaymakers a alike. Many expats and their families are choosing to settle in Malaga, lured by its fabulous year-round weather, its economical lifestyle, divine fresh cuisine and vibrant Andalucian culture. Moreover, living and vacationing in Malaga remains more affordable than in comparable parts of Northern Europe. Thanks to its comparatively low property prices and the equally low cost of living in Spain’s sunny southern city. Malaga Today Málaga is about halfway along the Costa del Sol. Six decades ago, this idyllic stretch of beautiful Mediterranean coastline was home to quaint little fishing villages. Today...

15 Well-paid Jobs for People Who Don’t Like Stress

Do you think there is a low-stress, well-paying job doesn’t exist? Think again. Here are 15 well-paid jobs for people who don’t like stress. Compiled here is a result of detailed information from that database at the Occupational Information Network. They summarize information such as salary and stress levels of hundreds of jobs. It turns out there are several of these types of jobs to choose from. Each jobs’ stress tolerance is rated on a scale from 0-100. Scores closer to 0 signal less stress. There really aren’t any completely “stress free” jobs but some professions do rate lower than others. The Occupational Information Network reviews how often criticism must be accepted by an employee. This list reviews jobs that pay have decent salaries and a stress level rating of less ...