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The second dimension, defensive interpersonal style, characterizes people who are emotionally unstable and are guided by negative emotional states such as depression, social anxiety, and vulnerability. Defensive interpersonal style seems to be closely associated with neuroticism. The Avia et al. findings have been replicated across Spanish, German, and American samples. Nadamitsu and Sakai, 1992 (cited in Triandis, 1995), argue that in individualistic cultures, self-monitors try to behave in social situations as prototypical others would behave.
Furthermore, female friends tend to talk about more intimate topics than male friends do, such as personal development and family problems (Aries & Johnson, 1983; Youniss & Smollar, 1985). , 1993). These behaviors are consistent with cultural collectivism. On the other hand, males tend to value activities such as riding bikes, playing cards, and getting drunk more than females do (Youniss & Smollar, 1985). They are also more likely to discuss nonintimate topics such as school and grades than females are (Youniss & Smollar, 1985).
They are also more likely to discuss nonintimate topics such as school and grades than females are (Youniss & Smollar, 1985). , 1993). These behaviors are more individualistic in nature than those of females. These value differences are thought to develop through socialization in our culture. As boys become socialized, they are rewarded for and therefore come to value being independent, self-assured, decisive, rational, and controlled in the face of crises. They are more likely to become vertically individualistic than females.