Hashimoto, H.(橋本博文), & Yamagishi, T.(山岸俊男) (2013).
Two faces of interdependence: Harmony seeking and rejection avoidance.
Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 16(2), 142-151.
doi: 10.1111/ajsp.12022
We argue that the current concept of interdependent self-construal as ‘harmony seeking’ has overlooked a strategic aspect of interdependence, which we term ‘rejection avoidance’. Using newly constructed scales of interdependent self-construal, one for harmony seeking and one for rejection avoidance, we find that Japanese respondents showed lower independence and higher rejection avoidance than Americans, while no cultural difference was found in harmony seeking. These findings explain why past efforts to demonstrate cultural differences in interdependent self-construal using self-report measures exclusively focusing on the harmony seeking aspect have failed.