As used here, customs refers to habitual ways of going about everyday activities. Individuals learn their cultures' customs at a very early age and come to take them for granted as the appropriate ways of accomplishing the tasks people face on a regular basis. Some of the clearest examples of cultural differences occur when people encounter different customary ways of working, entertaining, or interacting with others. Especially important for the individuals involved are those customs that are understood to be totally appropriate, with any other behaviors seen as boorish or ignorant. What may be understood in one culture to be impolite behavior may be seen as appropriate and acceptable in another. When people begin to understand others' customs and to see how ...