Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World

Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World

In Rule Makers, Rule Breakers celebrated cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand takes us on an epic journey through human cultures, offering a startling new view of the world and ourselves. With a mix of brilliantly conceived studies and surprising on-the-ground discoveries, she shows that much of the diversity in the way we think and act derives from a key difference?how t In Rule Makers, Rule Breakers celebrated cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand takes us on an epic journey through huma...

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Title:Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World
Author:Michele Gelfand
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Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World Reviews

  • Dolly
    Sep 12, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

    Was a great at making me think about the main concept. I wish I felt comfortable taking the information in this book and applying/predicting what will happen rather then just trying to fit everything into the right loose continuum after. ...

    Great subject. Good points. The book is somewhat redundant and many scenarios presented as examples to a particular point are not terribly insightful. This book doesn?t warrant 400 pages and would be more impactful in a concise format such as an exploratory article. ...

    An entertaining but amorphous and only loosely empirical book. Good reading if you want to show off to your office colleagues and fill the time on the bus, but not something to put any real stock in. ...

    Incredibly easy read providing insight into not only our own western culture - its strengths and downfalls, but also those of other countries which may have seemed alien beforehand. Particularly helpful in an individual setting of how to navigate social situations, too. ...

    This book brings the world into focus. With a rich theory and concrete examples, all told in accessible prose, Michele Gelfand offers a lens through which to understand norms and cultures that is both simple and mind-blowing. A wonderful book. ...

  • Katherine Shonk
    Jul 31, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

  • Polina
    Oct 14, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

    Was a great at making me think about the main concept. I wish I felt comfortable taking the information in this book and applying/predicting what will happen rather then just trying to fit everything into the right loose continuum after. ...

    Great subject. Good points. The book is somewhat redundant and many scenarios presented as examples to a particular point are not terribly insightful. This book doesn?t warrant 400 pages and would be more impactful in a concise format such as an exploratory article. ...

  • Daniel
    Jan 22, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

  • Ian Pitchford
    Feb 02, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

  • tinythunder
    Nov 03, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

  • Virginia Choi
    Jul 31, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

  • Henri Tournyol du Clos
    Sep 29, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

  • Subowal
    Oct 23, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

  • Jenny Bhatt
    Dec 04, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

  • Venkatesh-Prasad
    Dec 28, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

  • Doublezerodomino
    Mar 12, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

    Was a great at making me think about the main concept. I wish I felt comfortable taking the information in this book and applying/predicting what will happen rather then just trying to fit everything into the right loose continuum after. ...

    Great subject. Good points. The book is somewhat redundant and many scenarios presented as examples to a particular point are not terribly insightful. This book doesn?t warrant 400 pages and would be more impactful in a concise format such as an exploratory article. ...

    An entertaining but amorphous and only loosely empirical book. Good reading if you want to show off to your office colleagues and fill the time on the bus, but not something to put any real stock in. ...

    Incredibly easy read providing insight into not only our own western culture - its strengths and downfalls, but also those of other countries which may have seemed alien beforehand. Particularly helpful in an individual setting of how to navigate social situations, too. ...

    This book brings the world into focus. With a rich theory and concrete examples, all told in accessible prose, Michele Gelfand offers a lens through which to understand norms and cultures that is both simple and mind-blowing. A wonderful book. ...

    After a couple of dozen pages I realized that the rest of the book would only be repetition and examples of the main theory, so I decided to use my time for other things. ...

    This is the greatest book I ever read. It coached me on the culture of tight-loose and how to use them with timely and wise decisions. Great additional to my knowledge ...

    You can read my review here: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/vo... ...

    This was an absorbing and reflective read - highly recommended to expats and teachers. ...

    Not interesting enough to finish. Great topical research to be sure, just not enticing to read. ...

  • Sorcha
    Dec 05, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

    Was a great at making me think about the main concept. I wish I felt comfortable taking the information in this book and applying/predicting what will happen rather then just trying to fit everything into the right loose continuum after. ...

    Great subject. Good points. The book is somewhat redundant and many scenarios presented as examples to a particular point are not terribly insightful. This book doesn?t warrant 400 pages and would be more impactful in a concise format such as an exploratory article. ...

    An entertaining but amorphous and only loosely empirical book. Good reading if you want to show off to your office colleagues and fill the time on the bus, but not something to put any real stock in. ...

    Incredibly easy read providing insight into not only our own western culture - its strengths and downfalls, but also those of other countries which may have seemed alien beforehand. Particularly helpful in an individual setting of how to navigate social situations, too. ...

    This book brings the world into focus. With a rich theory and concrete examples, all told in accessible prose, Michele Gelfand offers a lens through which to understand norms and cultures that is both simple and mind-blowing. A wonderful book. ...

    After a couple of dozen pages I realized that the rest of the book would only be repetition and examples of the main theory, so I decided to use my time for other things. ...

    This is the greatest book I ever read. It coached me on the culture of tight-loose and how to use them with timely and wise decisions. Great additional to my knowledge ...

    You can read my review here: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/vo... ...

    This was an absorbing and reflective read - highly recommended to expats and teachers. ...

  • Robert Petrie
    Jan 10, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

  • Laura
    May 27, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

  • Louise Beaton
    Dec 29, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

    Was a great at making me think about the main concept. I wish I felt comfortable taking the information in this book and applying/predicting what will happen rather then just trying to fit everything into the right loose continuum after. ...

    Great subject. Good points. The book is somewhat redundant and many scenarios presented as examples to a particular point are not terribly insightful. This book doesn?t warrant 400 pages and would be more impactful in a concise format such as an exploratory article. ...

    An entertaining but amorphous and only loosely empirical book. Good reading if you want to show off to your office colleagues and fill the time on the bus, but not something to put any real stock in. ...

    Incredibly easy read providing insight into not only our own western culture - its strengths and downfalls, but also those of other countries which may have seemed alien beforehand. Particularly helpful in an individual setting of how to navigate social situations, too. ...

    This book brings the world into focus. With a rich theory and concrete examples, all told in accessible prose, Michele Gelfand offers a lens through which to understand norms and cultures that is both simple and mind-blowing. A wonderful book. ...

    After a couple of dozen pages I realized that the rest of the book would only be repetition and examples of the main theory, so I decided to use my time for other things. ...

    This is the greatest book I ever read. It coached me on the culture of tight-loose and how to use them with timely and wise decisions. Great additional to my knowledge ...

    You can read my review here: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/vo... ...

  • Cat Walker
    Mar 25, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

    Was a great at making me think about the main concept. I wish I felt comfortable taking the information in this book and applying/predicting what will happen rather then just trying to fit everything into the right loose continuum after. ...

    Great subject. Good points. The book is somewhat redundant and many scenarios presented as examples to a particular point are not terribly insightful. This book doesn?t warrant 400 pages and would be more impactful in a concise format such as an exploratory article. ...

    An entertaining but amorphous and only loosely empirical book. Good reading if you want to show off to your office colleagues and fill the time on the bus, but not something to put any real stock in. ...

    Incredibly easy read providing insight into not only our own western culture - its strengths and downfalls, but also those of other countries which may have seemed alien beforehand. Particularly helpful in an individual setting of how to navigate social situations, too. ...

  • Peter Gyongyosi
    Feb 09, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

  • Piotr
    Jul 30, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

  • Riley Haas
    Apr 10, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

  • Martin Weigert
    Oct 27, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

    Was a great at making me think about the main concept. I wish I felt comfortable taking the information in this book and applying/predicting what will happen rather then just trying to fit everything into the right loose continuum after. ...

    Great subject. Good points. The book is somewhat redundant and many scenarios presented as examples to a particular point are not terribly insightful. This book doesn?t warrant 400 pages and would be more impactful in a concise format such as an exploratory article. ...

    An entertaining but amorphous and only loosely empirical book. Good reading if you want to show off to your office colleagues and fill the time on the bus, but not something to put any real stock in. ...

    Incredibly easy read providing insight into not only our own western culture - its strengths and downfalls, but also those of other countries which may have seemed alien beforehand. Particularly helpful in an individual setting of how to navigate social situations, too. ...

    This book brings the world into focus. With a rich theory and concrete examples, all told in accessible prose, Michele Gelfand offers a lens through which to understand norms and cultures that is both simple and mind-blowing. A wonderful book. ...

    After a couple of dozen pages I realized that the rest of the book would only be repetition and examples of the main theory, so I decided to use my time for other things. ...

  • Shelly
    Jul 03, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

  • Lynette
    Feb 09, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

  • Alasdair
    Apr 22, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

    Was a great at making me think about the main concept. I wish I felt comfortable taking the information in this book and applying/predicting what will happen rather then just trying to fit everything into the right loose continuum after. ...

    Great subject. Good points. The book is somewhat redundant and many scenarios presented as examples to a particular point are not terribly insightful. This book doesn?t warrant 400 pages and would be more impactful in a concise format such as an exploratory article. ...

    An entertaining but amorphous and only loosely empirical book. Good reading if you want to show off to your office colleagues and fill the time on the bus, but not something to put any real stock in. ...

  • Alex Jones
    Jan 04, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

    Was a great at making me think about the main concept. I wish I felt comfortable taking the information in this book and applying/predicting what will happen rather then just trying to fit everything into the right loose continuum after. ...

    Great subject. Good points. The book is somewhat redundant and many scenarios presented as examples to a particular point are not terribly insightful. This book doesn?t warrant 400 pages and would be more impactful in a concise format such as an exploratory article. ...

    An entertaining but amorphous and only loosely empirical book. Good reading if you want to show off to your office colleagues and fill the time on the bus, but not something to put any real stock in. ...

    Incredibly easy read providing insight into not only our own western culture - its strengths and downfalls, but also those of other countries which may have seemed alien beforehand. Particularly helpful in an individual setting of how to navigate social situations, too. ...

    This book brings the world into focus. With a rich theory and concrete examples, all told in accessible prose, Michele Gelfand offers a lens through which to understand norms and cultures that is both simple and mind-blowing. A wonderful book. ...

    After a couple of dozen pages I realized that the rest of the book would only be repetition and examples of the main theory, so I decided to use my time for other things. ...

    This is the greatest book I ever read. It coached me on the culture of tight-loose and how to use them with timely and wise decisions. Great additional to my knowledge ...

  • Kim Forney
    Oct 02, 2018

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

  • Ren
    Jan 07, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

  • Yoon Young
    Jan 07, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

  • Carl
    Mar 16, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...

    Rule makers, rule breakers is one of the most engrossing books I?ve read. I especially like how Gelfand weaves entertaining stories about cultural phenomena into her book alongside fascinating analysis of cross-cultural research. I read a lot of books about social science and culture...

    It's not hyperbole to say this is a revolutionary book that changed the way I view the world. It unlocked for me the mystery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the culture clashes I've experienced with friends, family, and coworkers; some of my own behaviors that have puzzled me; ...

    The book provides a grounded view about how tightness/conservatism and looseness/liberalism affects various aspects of our life. Based on various historical observations, the main points is that 1) humans -- social beings -- yearn for balance between tightness and looseness and 2) the ...

    I liked the book. There is a lot of information! Listening to the difference of Tightness and Looseness groups, some of the information seems like a no-brainer. Loose states and countries are more tolerant of immigrants, sexual and moral codes. The differences between countries and the...

    I thought this would be interesting, but did not expect to take as many notes as I did. She comes right out with the premise and it feels like an oversimplification, so I was afraid this would be one of those repetitive research abstracts converted to an unnecessarily long book. But sh...

    Great read on understanding tight and loose cultures; appreciated the varying perspectives of how this impacts our current political climate in the US, how this applies to corporate cultures and even global cultures around the world. Great way to build understanding and empathy espe...

    Gelfand's thesis is that a culture is shaped, primarily, by its perceptions of internal or external threat. The greater the sense of threat, the tighter it gets with rules and norms and vice versa. Threat-driven tight cultures seek order and unity and do not allow for the ambiguities o...

    Interesting but weak This seems to be an awful lot of speculation resting on weak empirical and theoretical bases. It always seems to be possible to accommodate the ?tight or loose? framework just by altering the level of granularity - from nation state to community to corporati...

    Was a great at making me think about the main concept. I wish I felt comfortable taking the information in this book and applying/predicting what will happen rather then just trying to fit everything into the right loose continuum after. ...

  • ThankYou0701
    Apr 02, 2019

    This is an interesting and informative book. If you enjoy books that explore culture, social psychology and human behavior while successfully avoiding being too heavy or abstruse you will enjoy Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. Cultural psychologi...

    Unscientific snake oil for the gullible. All these bold statements are based on a short (6 questions) questionaire locally filled in 2010 by small samples of mostly female psychology students grading what they thought was the general importance of social norms in their own country, whi...

    Gelfand is a cultural psychologist best known for her tightness-looseness theory of culture. It is the difference between Sparta (movie 100) and Athens (Painting School of Athens); in more modern times, Singapore (no gums please) and New Zealand (total freedom). Wow I didn?t know we ...

    This is an incredibly accessible book that is both engaging and informative. It is peppered with interesting studies from social and cross-cultural psychology. Not only do you get to read many unique cultural tidbits from all over the world, but you also gain insight into how psycholog...

    The author found a nice hammer and this book is a huge list of nails. ...

    The best way to introduce this book is to reproduce the opening sentences of the introduction: It's 11:00 pm in Berlin. Not a single car is in sight, yet a pedestrian waits patiently at the crossing until the light turns green. Meanwhile, four thousand miles away in Boston, at rush hou...

    I recently finished reading ?Rule Makers, Rule Breakers? by Michele Gelfand, and I must say?I loved it. The book's got just the right balance of evidence and anecdotes to make it both engaging and informative. It offers fascinating insights into a hidden dimension of culture??...

    Cultural differences are a lot like mines in a minefield: it only takes one unwitting, careless step to detonate them and unleash disastrous consequences. Some of us have trained ourselves to identify and navigate our way through them. Others, sadly, haven?t and find themselves injur...

    This is a fascinating book about how cultural norms impact our lives. You might not get that from the title, but I'd say ignore the title and look at the subtitle. (The title, to me, sounds like it's some kind of business success book or something.) Gelfand makes a strong case that cu...

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book on cultural differences and their root causes. While other scholars distinguish the primary dimension of culture using different names (Inglehart uses 'survivalist' vs. 'self-expressionism,' Hazel Markus uses 'independent' vs. ...

    Why and how people behave differently? ?Rule makers, Rule Breakers? tells that there is more than individual personality difference and/or geographical cultures to explain the differences. The book introduces you to the novel concept, tightness and looseness of culture, which asses...

    Far from calcifying stereotypes with cultural labels, tight-loose theory can help deepen our empathy toward those whose ways just don't sync up with ours. There are two young fishing swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and ...