I read this online the other day and I thought - ohmahgawd! This is why so many people here have such a hard time being direct and saying what's really on their mind. I think Kuwait is having an identity crisis in many ways. It makes sense that a collective society that has been trying to be more individualistic would have difficulting saying it like it is.
Excerpts from the article:
Individualists prefer clarity in their conversations to communicate more effectively and come in general directly to the point like the Finns and Americans are doing. (I met a Finnish woman once who I wanted to punch in the face. TALK about saying what’s on your mind – totally inappropriate!)
An exception here are Germans who indeed are an individualistic culture but their communication style is different. (That might be more like Kuwait.)
Collectivists: In China it is out of question to disagree with someone’s opinion in public. You will do that in a more private and personal atmosphere to protect a person from the “loss of face”. In collectivistic cultures a direct confrontation will be always avoided. Expressions or phrases are used which describe a disagreement or negative statement instead of saying no. Saying no would mean to destroy the harmony in the group. (AHA!!! Ergo "Inshallah".)