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Intercultural Communication For SUs
Transcript of Intercultural Communication For SUs
we learn culture from our very early childhood
it influences every aspect of our life, how we communicate, our relationships with other people
culture consists of several layers, and as an individual I belong to several cultures
some parts of it are flexible and we can adapt, others are very hard to change
only a very small part of my and other people's culture are visible
Culture as an Onion Model
Like an Onion, culture has many different layers, starting from the outside to the inside.
Our outside layers (language, occupation, careers, etc.) are more flexible and easier to change
On the very inside, there are our CORE VALUES, things we deeply believe in and which remain largely constant throughout our lives.
Culture as a Solar System
Another way to understand culture is as 'solar system', consisting of our different identities.
Culture can also be seen as an Iceberg: Like with an Iceberg, 70% or more of culture can actually be invisible, and only when we get to know a culture or a person better, we begin to see what is below the surface.
Culture as Iceberg Model
Concept of Self
Rules of Social Etiquette
General Word View
Concept of Leadership
Concept of Fairness
Understanding of Friendship
Understanding of Personal Space
Concept of Criticism
Expression of Emotions
shared among a group of people
socialised through learning
way of life, includes every aspect of our lives, from our taste of music to our concept of marriage to the way we put on our socks
Breaking it down...
The more 'inside' we go, the harder and less flexible our layers become.
Each culture has it's own VALUES which lead to certain behaviours, but not all parts of culture are visible at first sight
this often leads to MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND CONFLICT
This is why sometimes we need to take the time to understand the motivation and reason behind a certain behaviour.
And finally, let's keep in mind that even though we belong to a certain culture, it doesn't mean that we act 100% according to it.
Time to share!