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Number-One Mentality Ethnocentrism, also referred to in Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation by Agar (1994) as number-one mentality, is when someone considers their own perspective or culture to be the correct way of living. Rather than viewing themselves as equal to others, people with a number-one mentality believe that all other cultures are inferior (Agar, 1994). Often times, modern-day Americans are labeled as being extremely ethnocentric and closed minded when it comes to other cultures. In order to get a real, authentic view of a culture, ethnographers must learn to separate themselves from a situation and attempt to remove any cultural biases from their mind. Although this is easier said than done, when encountering a new culture, it is important to be aware of possible biases. However, throughout history people have not done a very good job of removing these cultural biases. As demonstrated by the treatment of Natives in the Americas during colonization and Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945, humans have a vast history of taking on a number-one mentality.
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