Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Shigella, Recession College Attendance, Sympathy, Drones

Episode: Shigella, Recession College Attendance, Sympathy, Drones

  • Apr 13, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 11:52 mins

Guest: Birgit Koopmann-Holm, lecturer at Santa Clara University. Co-author of a series of studies on the differences between American expressions of sympathy and German expressions of sympathy. When someone passes, we often hear typical responses like: "So sorry for your loss." "My prayers are with you and your family." "Be strong." Pretty standard stuff as far as sympathy goes. But maybe it’s not so standard from a global perspective. Apparently, sympathy is culturally-specific. Santa Clara University researcher Birgit Koopman-Holm has found Americans sympathize differently than other cultures—specifically Germany, where Dr. Koopmann-Holm comes from.