I just came across a really interesting article that provides an overview of some distinctives of American culture. I think the author hit the nail on the head... Reading it definitely made me recognize the things that I will not be able to assume when I live in Austria. I can confidently say that I value everything on this list...sometimes to a fault.
Here is the list of things that the author says are valued in America (I would encourage you to read the article for a more full explanation):
- Personal control over the environment; Personal responsibility
- Change is seen as natural and positive
- Time and It's Control
- Self Help Initiative
- Future Orientation
- Action/Work Orientation
What aspects of American culture have most impacted your values?