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Honor and dishonor – pride, shame and anger: An investigation into the norms of experiencing, expressing and regulating self-related feelings in sub-populations of German and Turkish origin (106)


This multidisciplinary, comparative cultural study is intended to examine differences in the norms of experiencing, expressing and regulating the emotions of shame, pride and anger in sub-populations of German and Turkish origin in Berlin and Istanbul. In particular, differences between the two cultures as regards concepts of honor and disgrace and their connection with emotional norms are to be explored. Taking the Affect Valuation Theory (Tsai, 2007) as a basis, we mean to establish the extent to which cultural factors influence the emergence of notions of ideal affects, ideal forms of emotional expression, and ideal forms of emotional regulation that go beyond mere expression, and how far discrepancies between ideal and real emotions (as well as between their expression and their regulation) affect subjective well-being. It is a combined ethnological and psychological study designed to investigate implicit and explicit norm concepts and describe intercultural differences in the application of norms to emotional experience and behavior.

Cooperation partners

Prof. Dr. Haci-Halil Uslucan, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Prof. Dr. Serdar Degirmencioglu, Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi Sivas


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