Directness and Assertiveness

Americans, as we've said before, generally consider themselves to be frank, open, and direct in their dealings with other people. Let's lay our cards on the table, they say. Or, Let's stop playing games and get to the point. These and many other common expressions convey the Americans' idea that people should explicitly state what they think and what they want from other people. Americans usually assume that conflicts or disagreements are best settled by means of forthright discussions among...