Fear and mo­ti­va­tion

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

Re: “‘Co­conut shell’ stu­dents find their voice”, (Opin­ion, Nov 13)

This phe­nom­e­non is in­ter­est­ing. It sug­gests changes in Thais’ cul­tural values. Thai­land has high-power dis­tance and un­cer­tainty avoid­ance indices. These two cul­tural values pos­i­tively cor­re­late with de­fen­sive and ac­qui­es­cent si­lence. The as­so­ci­a­tions of these indices be­come weak­nesses, and are be­ing ex­ploited by the mil­i­tary junta that uses fear to mo­ti­vate and shape peo­ple’s be­haviour to fits its agenda.

It’s a kind of so­cial engi­neer­ing. SAM900

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