Society and norms – Family and Family Life: OVERVIEW (continued)

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Afghans are typically friendly and hospitable, but they can also be stern and hard by U.S. standards. This is in large part due to their war experiences. Their living codes stressing honor and one's responsibility to fulfill expected roles are strict and inflexible. Afghan showing hospitality Personal disputes are not solved easily because of the need to protect one's personal and family honor.  Family honor is affected by personal behavior.

Among Afghans, piety, or devoutness to religious standards and other obligations (such as to parents) and stoicism, or being restrained in outward demonstrations of emotions, are admired traits.  For Afghans to openly show joy or grief is rare.  They value knowledge, wisdom and education.




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