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I'm wondering if ethic groups act differently. I sometimes her people say things like "Black people do this." "White people do this" etc.

Then there is the dating too... "You won't get this from a "black/white/asian man/woman."
I don't understand that at all... How can ethic groups act differently?
I don't think there is a difference it all depends on the person's upbringing.
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Yeah. Its socialisation... Still means that there can be psychological differences between races (there are obviously but whenever you point them out you will be told THATS GENERALISING!).
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Probably. Evolutionary psychology would give support to the idea that there may be differences. Blank slate theory obviously doesn't, but that's not exactly mainstream.

I think it's quite likely that there are some differences, their significance I'm not sure of though.
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(Original post by AvatarMew)
I'm wondering if ethic groups act differently. I sometimes her people say things like "Black people do this." "White people do this" etc.

Then there is the dating too... "You won't get this from a "black/white/asian man/woman."
I don't understand that at all... How can ethic groups act differently?
I don't think there is a difference it all depends on the person's upbringing.
I believe there are different rates of psychiatric illnesses (depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) between different ethnicities, even within a single country (like the UK), although I'm not sure if studies have shown this is down to genetics rather than socio-cultural differences.

Certainly it would make sense if they were at least partly genetic, since most mental disorders are, as far as I know (correct me if I'm wrong someone!), partially hereditary.
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(Original post by AvatarMew)
I'm wondering if ethic groups act differently. I sometimes her people say things like "Black people do this." "White people do this" etc.

Then there is the dating too... "You won't get this from a "black/white/asian man/woman."
I don't understand that at all... How can ethic groups act differently?
I don't think there is a difference it all depends on the person's upbringing.
Yes and no.

Yes because genetics plays an important part in our personality. It is then obvious that genetic groups will have genes which affect their personality.

No because ethnic groups are more diverse than white, black, asian and whatever. Skin colour is a trait that multiple genetic groups share.

Though differences in personality are more likely to be subtle, with general trends in what they find attractive, or their reaction to certain events. The traits like you've described are much more social, and are products of cultures that formed around isolated ethnic groups.
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Culture has a huge impact on human behaviours/psychology, where culture is defined as social norms or rules of thumb in the face of uncertainty, that have developed in over time and/or in response to historical shocks.




I have no idea about the relationship between behaviour and race though. And like above posters have said, races/ethnicities are far more complex than the simplistic skin colour definitions.
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(Original post by ClickItBack)
Certainly it would make sense if they were at least partly genetic, since most mental disorders are, as far as I know (correct me if I'm wrong someone!), partially hereditary.
That can still fall into the socialisation argument, if your parents were brought up in an environment that leads to certain social disorders then you technically are more likely to be brought up in a similar environment.

That's why you have to be very careful when people throw the hereditary disease argument about, especially when diet and socialisation are concerned.
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