Dr. John J. Ivers, a professor of Languages & International Studies, and former college dean, intends not only to inform readers about profound cross-cultural differences, but attempts to do it in an interesting and entertaining manner. Ivers' work demonstrates how all people, in a sense, are victims of their cultural paradigms and how a deeper understanding of these manipulative models can lead to a more fulfilling existence and a more rational and healthy self-concept. He believes it is a sin to bore people and the cross-cultural material in the book is interspersed with stories from the ancient Greeks and Romans such as the Oracle at Delphi, the Vestal Virgins, and a number of accounts from the venerable Plutarch. He discusses archaeological and cultural mysteries from the jungles of Mesoamerica to the diverse subcontinent of India. The material in the book allows one to delve into the deeper psychological realm of our distinct cultural realities in an engaging and provocative way.
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About the Author
Dr. John J. Ivers has worked as a university professor for over 30 years and is a former college dean. He presents often at academic conferences and has 10 scholarly journal publications addressing cross-cultural differences and/or good teaching. In 2016, he contributed a chapter to the book Invitational Education and Practice in Higher Education: An International Perspective. John is the recipient of several college teaching awards and has been included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.
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For Deep Thinkers Only: How Culture Manipulates Your Reality based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's information-dense, while the writing style is at once articulate, elegant, and conversational enough to make it very easy and entertaining to read. I think it lends itself to both private recreational reading as well as use in a classroom setting, especially for those interested in culture, psychology, international relations, sociology, or some related field that seeks to pull the curtain back on the hidden assumptions we make about the nature of our interactions with other humans, ourselves, and the world. Highly recommended.
This is an amazing book.
Dr. Ivers' book is one that captivates all audiences. It was an honor being one of his students and reading his book while discussing the material in class. I have never read such a beguiling book that really allows the reader to ponder how your own personal cultural paradigms have blinded you from understanding actual truth. This book has changed my perspective on life, deepened my love for culture, history, international relations, and has allowed me to become confident in myself and my beliefs. A must read for any audience.