Individual uniqueness in trust profiles and well-being: Understanding the role of cultural tightness–looseness from a representation similarity perspective

Siyang Luo, Liman Man Wai Li, Ervina Espina, Michael Harris Bond, Vivian Miu Chi Lun, Liqin Huang, Qin Duan, James H. Liu

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Abstract

This paper provides a unique perspective for understanding cultural differences: representation similarity—a computational technique that uses pairwise comparisons of units to reveal their representation in higher-order space. By combining individual-level measures of trust across domains and well-being from 13,823 participants across 15 nations with a measure of society-level tightness–looseness, we found that any two countries with more similar tightness–looseness tendencies exhibit higher degrees of representation similarity in national interpersonal trust profiles. Although each individual's trust profile is generally similar to their nation's trust profile, the greater similarity between an individual's and their society's trust profile predicted a higher level of individual life satisfaction only in loose cultures but not in tight cultures. Using the framework of representation similarity to explore cross-cultural differences from a multidimensional, multi-national perspective provide a comprehensive picture of how culture is related to the human activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-844
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • institutional trust
  • interpersonal trust
  • representation similarity
  • tightness–looseness
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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