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Culture is to people like water is to fish.

We’re in it all the time, but we can’t see it, and we’re certainly not aware of it. We don’t think about our culture – until it’s not there anymore.

Many expats or international teams going through cross-cultural trainings are asked to define what their culture is. If nobody has ever asked you that before, this question can stump you.

I’ve been asking my clients and research participants to describe their country in 5 words, and here are some of their responses.

5 Words to describe the USA

From an ENTP who grew up in the North East

  • Education
  • Work hard
  • Do your best
  • Fairness
  • Justice

From an ENFP who grew up in the Midwest

  • Reliable
  • Responsible
  • Solid
  • Guarded
  • “Old Suburban”

From an ENFJ who grew up in Manhattan, NYC

  • Freedom-loving
  • Important to protect rights of the individual
  • Success is what you do
  • Land of Opportunity
  • Spiritual Poverty

From an INTP who grew up in the Midwest

  • “Pioneer values”
  • Helping neighbors
  • Very friendly but stays on the surface
  • Honest
  • “We don’t do the stuff that you hear about on Oprah.”

What would you add? :-)

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