Stavropolsky Yuliy Vladimirovich
Saratov State University named after N. G. Chernyshevsky
Ph. D. (Sociology), Associate Professor of the General & Social Psychology Department

Content analysis allowed to identify three categories of situations in which the Japanese feel the need to protect or save their own mentsu: a situation involving social or professional role; a situation in which a formality is important (e.g., official meeting, press interviews); a situation in which interactants have established their special relationship (e.g., hierarchical or power relations). For these reasons, people who do not carry out their social roles in the presence of others, not just lose their mentsu. The degrees of the mentsu loss are influenced by a specific social role, and by a specific kind of people who take part in the interaction. When following this line of reasoning, the researchers have studied the effect of formality of the situation and the status differences on the perception by the Japanese a loss of their mentsu.

Keywords: difference, Japanese, loss, perception, presence, situation

Category: Sociology

Article reference:
Psychological and interpersonal functions of the face // Humanities scientific researches. 2017. № 3 [Electronic journal]. URL:

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