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Barriers to Bridging Differences & Adapting to Others

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Tiarra Hubbard

on 30 September 2013

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Barriers to Bridging Differences & Adapting to Others
Assuming Superiority
Assuming Differences
Automatically assuming that the other person will be different from you.
In order to communicate effectively and appropriately we have to connect to others based on discovering what we hold in common.
Assuming Similarities
Superficial Factors
Stereotype & Prejudice
Closely related to ethnocentrism.
Tiarra & Josh
Lead to FALSE impressions
Must be mindful everyone is unique, if not we take communication shortcuts: unfamiliar words, slang, abbreviations , and assume that our communication will be more effective & understood.
Ethnocentrism- the attitude that our own cultural approaches are superior to those of other cultures.
"Every tale can be told in
a different way."
Stereotype- to place a person or group of people into an inflexible, all encompassing category.
Ex: All Asians are good at math.
All blondes are ditzy.
All women love to go shopping.

Prejudice- a judgement of someone based on an assumption that you already know relevant facts/background information about the person.
Assuming you have nothing in common with others hinders your communication.
People In All Cultures
Have beliefs about death.
Have a childhood fear of strangers.
Have a division of labor by sex.
Use facial expressions to express emotions.
Experience empathy.
Value some degree of collaboration or cooperation.
Experience conflict & seek to manage/mediate conflict.
Experience certain emotions & feelings (envy, pain, jealousy, shame & pride).
May not be the same beliefs but addressed by all cultures.
When meeting others we sort out how we are alike and how we are unique.
We need to explore
Persons background
Cultural values
To determine what we really have in common
Everybody perceives the world through our own frame of reference.
Just because they appear to be like you,
all people do not behave the same way.
Anthropologist Clyde Kluckhohn & Henry Murray suggested that every person is in some respects
like all other people
like some other people
like no other people
Communication effectiveness is diminished when we assume that were all different from one another in every aspect, just as communication is hindered if we assume that were all alike.
People are different
Sexual Orientation
Innate Talents
Despite differences, we do share common experiences & characteristics.
Your culture/beliefs are the best.
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