Different cultures have preexisting sets of rituals, expectations and behaviors, which affect the human mindset to a great extent. There are different attributes in every culture, both good and bad. However, here I would focus on some aspects of the Southeast Asian culture in particular, which has its major impact on society and its people.
One can observe that emotional communication is constricted in these cultures, as emotions are not encouraged to be expressed in healthy ways, especially during difficult times. There is scarcity of role models available in society, who can teach emotional hygiene or or overall emotional awareness.
Lack of knowledge regarding one’s emotional state causes shame, guilt and confusion amongst the community. The inability to gauge the intrinsic state of thought can further complicate matters for people, as it camouflages ones’ cognitive biases and therefore a person can be readily influenced from external factors.
Cognitive biases are automatic templates of thoughts, which surface out as soon as we come across any conflicting or crisis situations. The absence of realization regarding ones emotional state also forces one to suffer in silence, not to talk about mental health with anyone around them, and prevents them from seeking help from professionals.
The understanding regarding one’s mental state is crucial in order to deal with multifaceted relationships and issues in ones’ life. Amongst the male gender, cultures stimulate the notion of fake will power by prohibiting crying and by deeming this act as a sign of failure and weakness, which is like adding fuel to the fire. Anger and frustration can be relieved if a person can cry or talk about their challenging feelings and emotions. These cultures cease the doorway of catharsis, which traps toxic emotions experienced within one’s self.
Language of expression is an empowering tool, which should be a part of the curriculum in early learning phases for every child. Emotional language and education, if started from an early age, could help impart control to ones’ self and teach them how to express and recognize their own internal turmoil in relation to events, thus, correspond accordingly. This is a very important aspect of emotional intelligence, which needs to be built and emphasized amongst the community, in order for one to excel in this world full of convoluted politics and technology.