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In a personality test an individual answers a number of questions about him- or herself. S. psychologists Paul T. Costa and Robert R. McCrae developed a self-scored personality test based on the Big Five, the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R). By the end of the century, it had been translated from American English into a number of other languages and used on samples of the same kind of people in many countries. In a joint article, McCrae and Hofstede explored the relationship between personality dimension scores and national culture dimension scores.
The logical next step was that social scientists attempted to identify what problems were common to all societies, through conceptual reasoning and reﬂection on ﬁeld experiences as well as through statistical studies. In 1954 two Americans, the sociologist Alex Inkeles and the psychologist Daniel Levinson, published a broad survey of the English-language literature on national culture. They suggested that the following issues qualify as common basic problems worldwide, with consequences for the function- 30 T H E C ONC E P T OF C U LT U R E ing of societies, of groups within those societies, and of individuals within those groups: ■ ■ ■ Relation to authority Conception of self—in particular: ■ The relationship between individual and society ■ The individual’s concept of masculinity and femininity Ways of dealing with conﬂicts, including the control of aggression and the expression of feelings3 Twenty years later Geert was given the opportunity to study a large body of survey data about the values of people in more than ﬁfty countries around the world.
They deal with the basic issues of human social life. 2 Studying Cultural Differences At the start a new candidate for paradigm may have few supporters, and on occasions the supporters’ motives may be suspect. Nevertheless, if they are competent, they will improve it, explore its possibilities, and show what it would be like to belong to the community guided by it. And if that goes on, if the paradigm is one destined to win its ﬁght, the number and strength of the persuasive arguments in its favor will increase.