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Emotion. 2006 May;6(2):279-95.

Amae in Japan and the United States: an exploration of a "culturally unique" emotion.

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Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043, USA.


The experience of an emotion considered to be culturally unique (i.e., Japanese Amae) was tested in the United States, where there is no word to describe the concept. North American and Japanese participants read scenarios in which a friend made an inappropriate request (Amae), made no request, or made the request to another friend. Both American and Japanese participants felt more positive emotion and perceived the requester as feeling closer to them in the Amae condition than in the other two conditions. However, Americans felt more in control when asked for a favor than when not asked, a pattern that did not emerge among the Japanese. Cultural specificity of hypocognized emotions is discussed.

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