Human Nature’s Connection to Uncertainty

Country

PDI IDV MAS UAI LTO

Greece 60 35 57 112
Portugal 63 27 31 104
Guatemala 95 6 37 101
Uruguay 61 36 38 100
Belgium 65 75 54 94
El Salvador 66 19 40 94
Poland 68 60 64 93
Japan 54 46 95 92 80
Peru 64 16 42 87
Argentina 49 46 56 86
Chile 63 23 28 86
Costa Rica 35 15 21 86
France 68 71 43 86
Panama 95 11 44 86
Spain 57 51 42 86
South Korea 60 18 39 85 75
Turkey 66 37 45 85
Hungary 46 55 88 82
Mexico 81 30 69 82
Israel 13 54 47 81
Colombia 67 13 64 80
Brazil 69 38 49 76 65
Venezuela 81 12 73 76
Italy 50 76 70 75
Czech Republic 57 58 57 74
Austria 11 55 79 70
Pakistan 55 14 50 70
Taiwan 58 17 45 69 87
Egypt 80 38 52 68
Iraq 80 38 52 68
Kuwait 80 38 52 68
Lebanon 80 38 52 68
Libya 80 38 52 68
Saudi Arabia 80 38 52 68
United Arab Emirates 80 38 52 68
Ecuador 78 8 63 67
Germany 35 67 66 65 31
Thailand 64 20 34 64 56
Finland 33 63 26 59
Iran 58 41 43 59
Switzerland 34 68 70 58
Ghana 77 20 46 54 16
Nigeria 77 20 46 54 16
Sierra Leone 77 20 46 54 16
Netherlands 38 80 14 53 44
Ethiopia 64 27 41 52 25
Kenya 64 27 41 52 25
Tanzania 64 27 41 52 25
Zambia 64 27 41 52 25
Australia 36 90 61 51 31
Norway 31 69 8 50 20
New Zealand 22 79 58 49 30
South Africa 49 65 63 49
Indonesia 78 14 46 48
United States 40 91 62 46 29
Philippines 94 32 64 44 19
China 80 20 66 40 118
India 77 48 56 40 61
Malaysia 104 26 50 36
Ireland 28 70 68 35
United Kingdom 35 89 66 35 25
Hong Kong 68 25 57 29 96
Sweden 31 71 5 29 33
Denmark 18 74 16 23
Jamaica 45 39 68 13
Singapore 74 20 48 8 48

Ignore all of the collumns except the bolded column labeled UAI. This stands for Uncertainty Avoidance Index. What does this mean.

This principal is talking about how much tolerance a country or a society has for uncertainty. How does a certain society stand when things are not laid out for them? When there are not that many strict laws or rules? Basically, this is a deep look into how a culture programs the people within it to feel uncomfortable or comfortable in situations that are not strict and instead are unknown and not usual. Societies that like to avoid uncertainty will create many laws, safety rules and security measures to try and make a situation as not uncertain as possible. In accordance to religion, a high UAI country will have a religion that has an absolute truth, meaning that the country believes in one thing that is possible and that there is only one possibility of truth. They have strict religion because they do not like to think about how uncertain the universe is- how there is no proof to any religion. They believe in one possible truth and nothing else. Countries that have a low AVI mean that the culture has a lot of give to it. The people do not mind uncertainty- usually this is because they live in uncertainty every day. Countries that have a low UAI are Singapore and Ireland and Jamaica. Now, there are many reasons why a country might have a high or a low UAI. It all depends on the country’s culture.

This is interesting to consider because it shows how man fears the uncertain- but that people from different cultures have different degrees of this fear. One human nature quality can exist in different ways by where a person lives. This really shows how a person’s environment- where they are born and grow up- affect how they turn out in the end. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but still, there is a general tendency to how people like the feeling of uncertainty. It is overall interesting to think about how human nature qualities do not exist in the same concentration- some people have more fear of the unknown than others. When looking at the US, we have a mediocre fear of the uncertain. It’s just funny because when considering the word uncertain, I never thought of the word fear. But when I look back at my old posts and my experiences with uncertainty, I did realize that fear is involved. I fear many things in my life- one of them not being sure what the future holds. But overall in the US, we do not have a giant fear of the unknown compared to some countries like Germany. This makes sense because of Germany’s past and because we are a democracy. I think that the form of government plays a role in the fear of uncertainty- or perhaps the fear of the uncertain is what ends up dictating the government. Overall, the entire concept is interesting because it shows how human nature qualities are not an exact science- they vary based on a person’s life. But also, an environment a person lives in affects his personality and ways greatly. Where a person is born or lives can dictate their life.

This video is just a simple explaination of the fear of uncertainty. The person that needs exact times and rules is the person that would have a high UAI and the person who is not specific on times and wants to figure things out later would be a person with a low UAI.

http://www.clearlycultural.com/geert-hofstede-cultural-dimensions/uncertainty-avoidance-index/ => just a good general site with information about this principal.

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  1. OK…you need to learn how to use the blogging technology!
    This sentence struck me: “But overall in the US, we do not have a giant fear of the unknown compared to some countries like Germany. This makes sense because of Germany’s past and because we are a democracy” Germany is a democracy…at least West Germany was after WWII. Today, a united Germany is a democracy…I wonder if the uncertainty deals with the their recognition of their past. There are some economists who feel that the current Euro collapse is because Germany was too afraid to step in earlier less it be thought to be taking over in Europe again.

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