Sources of Anxiety Reduction


The extended family is the basic social unit, with structure provided by the family, the village, and the wat (temple). The king is the primary provider of social cohesiveness. Thais refrain from developing specific expectations whenever possible because fate and luck play a major role in any event. You cannot plan because you cannot predict, so Thais live with a great deal of uncertainty. There is a high sense of self-reliance-what a person is depends on his or her own initiative.

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