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The word "choice" is conceptualized as the process of choosing in meaningful and important and dynamic situations.

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The word "choice" is conceptualized as the process of choosing in meaningful and important and dynamic situations. The process is open to a number of cultural influences in my life, among them: educational practices, my family, religion, marriage and career. There are a number of behavioural differences between various cultures within the Caribbean, which can be explained within a culture theoretical framework and give reason for the plea to include cultural factors in the choices I make in life. My cultural values affect to a great extent the choices made. The term "cultural values" refers to a set of rankings people in society confer on to a myriad of social behaviours. Certain practices are ranked highly if they are perceived as somehow good or of value to the society. At different points in my life, I constantly find myself in a position where I have a choice between two or more alternatives. Whether to get a tertiary education or not, whether to become a lawyer or a doctor, who would make a good mate as opposed to who would not, whether you choose to be an Adventist or a Roman Catholic. I usually select the one alternative that satisfies the value consensus of my culture or has a subjective value. ...read more.

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On the strategic level, this often causes an insufficient adaptation of choices to changing circumstances within my society and culture. As a member of society, I react to what the society appears to demand from me and do not, by myself at times, attempt to make the choice that always satisfy me, but rather my choices are influenced by society's cultural values. The cultural influences of society on the choices I make in life are dependent upon various factors, which I have broken down in this essay into three factors. "Predictability" and "plan-ability" of the environment or society, in which I live. It is well known that cultures differ in the context to which public life, economic affairs and the private and social life of people are predictable. This predictability of different spheres of the society have influenced the way in which I make my choices. If a society is completely predictable, there is not much complexity in the extent to which society's cultural values affect the choices I make because there will be routinized solutions available for all kinds of choices. Exposure, this is, the degree to which a culture requires and promotes experiences in different areas of decision making. ...read more.

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The ways in which I make my choices in my life are indeed influenced by cultural factors. Culture plays a significant role in the way I make choices, as it creates exposure through: value systems, which affect: my family, education, marriage, career and religion. Secondly, there are reasons to believe that there are culture-specific choice making styles that are developed according to the functional requirements of the society to which I belong. Difference in predictability have led to differences in decisiveness or "strength" of my choices. In my culture - the Jamaican culture would be an example: I know that there are differences in predictability between various domains of life (between, for instance, public life and social life). Culture differences in power distance have worked in a similar manner in shaping the way in which I make choices in my life. In conclusion, it has remained a task for future incorporation of cultural factors into otherwise personal factors in the relation, impact and extent to which society's cultural values affect the choices I make. It will remain that as a human being, in making choices, I am highly influenced by cultural values. I get involved in social activities in my society and show real behavior, make real choices and often, real emotions and thus, in a way allow a glimpse on culture at work. 2 ...read more.

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