１．Exploring the consequences of compassionate and self-image goals in Japan
- Do compassionate goals enhance relationships and self-image goals undermine them in Japan as well?
- The Japanese value interpersonal harmony more than North Americans, but do they do so out of compassion or for the sake of promoting a good image of the self?
- The Japanese are often reluctant to express their opinion in public and to disagree with others, but does having compassionate goals encourage them to be more active in discussions?
- The Japanese often worry about intruding others' privacy and consequently hesitate to provide help to strangers. Does having compassionate goals encourage people to help strangers.
２．Exploring ways to learn and grow from failures
３．Identifying conditions under which amae enhances relationships
Amae is an indigenous Japanese concept that describes a situation in which a person engages in an inappropriate behavior/request with the expectation that the behavior will be accepted given the close relationship with the grantor. Although amae involves an inappropriate behavior and an imposition, amae can be a pleasant experience for those involved. Our research examines the conditions under which amae promotes relationships.