The inaugural issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (JIIC) features five different research studies that focus on a wide array of communication issues, including the exploration of cultural differences in deception.
Research recently published in the journal suggests that deceptive communication can actually serve a functional purpose. The study revealed that a person’s motivation to deceive is influenced by his or her cultural self-identity as well as finding that one’s cultural identity greatly influences whether or not a message was perceived to be deceptive.
The research points out that:
— People who strongly valued their own individuality over the social relationships reported having a lower overall motivation to deceive;
— People who possessed cultural self-identities which emphasize placing group needs over the individual reported having a greater overall motivation to avoid telling the truth;
— When people were presented with a scenario in which deception would serve to benefit them, those who valued their independence were more willing to use deception than in cases where deception would benefit someone else;
— People who valued social relationships over individuality, reported a greater willingness to use deception to benefit others rather than for self-serving purposes;
Western cultures have long been noted to cultivate members who value their individuality. Being a moral and ethical person requires avoiding any communication that would jeopardize one’s own personal integrity, such as lying.
By comparison, East Asian cultures have been well-known for endorsing more indirect styles of communication to protect the image of the other and promote trouble-free relationships. Deceptive communication has and continues to serve as a useful tool in the maintenance and preservation of significant social relationships.
Issue one of JIIC containing five different research studies on a wide array of communication issues.
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