Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology

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How is the word myth used popularly? For example, what does the statement, “It’s a myth” mean? In contrast, how is the word myth used in the academic context? After considering the definition in your textbooks and course materials, write a definition in your own words. *

* A myth is a popular story or belief that has been told for many years for many different reasons without any real proof of the story. Some of the reasons that the myth is started could be to scare someone into be good or as a teaching means. If someone thinks that Santa Clause will bring them nice present if they are a good person, they will try to be good. If someone thinks that they will go to Hell if they are a bad person, they will try to be a better person. Myths are told in order to explain the unexplainable like why the earth and humans were created and what we are here to accomplish(Leonard & McClure, 2004). Religion has seemed to be one of the longer lasting myths because there are so many different faiths and as many different stories to explain each of them. When a statement is made that “It’s a myth” means that the statement being made is an imaginary story based on little or no factual information to support the statement. *

Why do myths from different cultures around the world address such similar or universal themes? Think about how myths explain the unknown and the tribulations of mankind. *
* Myths from dissimilar cultures from around the world deal with the same type of common theme because other cultures are a source of our cultural values and our behavior. We learned from other cultures and developed our intellectual thinking that help us address common questions and develop our own mythological understanding. When we study other cultures and their myths we learn how other cultures live and their beliefs which open our own minds to understand different views of the same subject. When we learn other cultures views and myths, we can...
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