Linda is an American psychologist working at a university in California. Today is her fourth appointment with Chang Ying, an 18-year-old student who emigrated from China last year. Chang Ying has made great progress with her anxiety problems since she began meeting with Linda. Linda considers adjusting appointments to be further apart, but then she hesitates. She notices that even though Chang Ying seems calmer, her body language sends a different message. Chang Ying still avoids making eye contact. As Linda jots this down in her notes, she wonders whether there isn't something more bothering Chang Ying. Linda assumes that by now, Chang Ying should feel perfectly comfortable making direct eye contact. In the United States, avoiding eye contact can convey a lack of confidence or trust. An American psychologist may interpret this as a sign of depression. But for Chang Ying, avoiding eye contact may be a cultural practice. Some Chinese people believe it is impolite to make direct eye contact with an elder or superior. Not being aware of this practice, American psychologists like Linda risk misdiagnosis. As you study global perspectives in psychology, you'll learn that your understanding of cultural differences can affect how you interpret someone's body language, and even whether techniques used can be effective. In an increasingly globalized world, psychologists must learn to think beyond borders, and be open to, and knowledgeable of, cultural practices other than their own.