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"Taboo" originates from Polynesian language
"Prohibited" or "Forbidden" in Tongan language What Is Taboo? Universal forms of taboo are cannibalism, group murder, and incest
-exceptions in some cultures
Why has taboo withstood the test of time?
What will be taboo in the future?
This is unknown to us, but it is certain it will never go away Forms of Taboo Taboo Speaking Why is there Taboo? Makes conversation awkward; friends can become enemies
Reveals history of societies
Taboo can be considered consequence of a culture's economic and ecological conditions
Once functioned to support status hierarchies History of Taboo Prevalent since ancient times
Multiple punishments for taboo
Has since expanded into many topics
Remains most noticeable with the topic of sex 1. What is Taboo?
2. Different types of Taboo
3. How to avoid awkwardness of Taboo Main Points Types of Taboo War Gun Control Sex Religion One of most taboo and awkward subjects
Intimate and personal
Not a comfortable subject
Difficult to disclose these facts about ourselves Politics Emotional and controversial subject
Conflicting views can quickly lead to heated debates and arguments
Generally avoided subject, especially in informal settings Avoided subject; people possess polar views
Certain situations, it is a natural and comfortable topic
In most situations, best to refrain from expressing views on this subject Salary Subject considered bad manners or distasteful
Can evoke emotions of jealousy and envy
Can make people uncomfortable because they may feel inferior to someone with a higher salary Impolite in certain situations
Situational topic; appropriate in some while impolite in others
Varies by audience and context
Can affect some people personally Abortion Very controversial, can spark heated debates
Impact many people personally
Evaluate audience and context Relatively recent taboo topic
Contradictory perspectives can lead to conflict Overcoming Taboo Self disclosure-volunteering information in relationships and conversations
Allows information to be transferred comfortably
Must be used appropriately Appropriate Ways to Use Self Disclosure Use reasoned self disclosure
Make it a two-way process
Make it appropriate for both situation and the person
Avoid indiscriminate self disclosure
Always remain positive Self Disclosure Important in avoiding taboo subjects
Be as clear and concise as you can
Improve listening competence
Use accurate, vivid language and verbal immediacy Video Video Thank You!!! -Encyclopedia Britannica Online. “Taboo” Britannica.com. 2012. Last updated March 21st, 2012.
-Theeyeopener.com article entitled “A Brief History of Taboo” Written by Carly Basian in October, 2011.
-PBS.org article entitled “A History of Taboo Topics” Written by Chris Remington on Febrauary 15th, 2013.
-Wikipedia.org Encyclopedia. “Taboo”. Last updated April 2nd, 2013.
-Englishwithanaccent.com article entitled “Taboo Words, Social History, and Power Differentials” Written on October 19th, 2011. Based of the African American Language and history of Taboo. References