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Micronesian personalities

FOR many islanders, their culture, history, customs, rituals, myths and legends contribute to their well-being and growth as individuals.

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Empty Vessel humanitarian students. Nobert Taitano
Sing Miyozawa, far left, with a fitness group on Guam. From left, Lisa Yoshida, Antonia Leskosek, the writer, and Annmary Yoshida.  Contributed photos

Nobert Taitano from Saipan said  she thought she would never travel far from her home island. But she got excited when the opportunity came for her to visit her best friend in Hawaii. While there, she kept herself busy with work and surrounded herself with positive people. “I have become a stronger and independent person since moving from home,” she said.

Other islanders such as Sing Miyozawa believe that traditional arts and food  are important for those who want to stay healthy.

A Palauan native, Liza Yoshida values her time friends and family while volunteering to help others who are in need.

A Society for Personality and Social Psychology study in Feb. 27, 2015 found out that when people want to socialize with others, they prefer the ocean far more (75 percent) than mountains (25 percent). In contrast, when they want to be alone, they choose mountains (52 percent) over the ocean (48 percent). This may indicate that individual growth depends on geography.

 For L. Robert Kohls, executive director of the Washington International Center in Washington, D.C.,  the different behaviors of a people or a culture make sense only when seen through the basic beliefs, assumptions and values of that particular group.