"Many people in the U.S. make little effort to hide their emotions. This is a high-pressure country and, especially in the cities, most people live and work under a range of stresses at home, at work, and in between. Most of us understand this fact and therefore make allowances for each other fairly readily. Our feelings are not easily hurt. 'Joe is pretty uptight today,' we will say, or 'The meeting must have gone poorly,' but we are not often deeply wounded by what is said in a fit of irritation. While no one likes to be subjected to irritation and there may be temporary return flare-ups, no one loses a great deal of "face" or "status" if he or she evidences varous ranges of emotion occasionally. Pleasure and excitement are equally not readily expressed. On the whole most of us could not be described as a reserved, contained, disciplined people. Take us as we are: noisy, ebullient, often quick-tempered, but usually open - easy to read and understand. Most of us tell each other (and will tell you) exactly where we stand on any issue."
Alison R. Lanier, Living in the U.S.A. 4th edition, (Yarmouth: Intercultural Press Inc., 1988), 53-54.