Chapter surprised to see how a culture,

Chapter one was a building block for what is to come in the next few
months. It talked about why it is important to study human relations, and
explained when it would be appropriate to properly apply certain speaking
skills, depending on the type of situation. In the sub chapter, it talked about
something I’ve come to be very familiar with. Previously in another diversity
class, Intercultural Communications, we spoke about cultural normality’s that are
on the opposite spectrum of each other such as individualistic vs
collectivistic culture. I was instantly drawn in and paid special attention to
each dimensional idea that was offered. What I had read was more in-depth than
what I had previously learned, and I find it fascinating. Personally, my culture
is very collectivistic, high power distanced, low uncertainty avoidance, and more
masculine. I found the given definition for each much simpler and to the point
than ways it was previously explained in text. The reason I find it so, is because
I had to write a paper about a culture different from mine, using the culture dimension
tools, and I was so surprised to see how a culture, seemingly completely
opposite, was so similar in tradition, familial affection, and certain foods
eaten on special holidays. On the other hand, I had used the tools and discovered
that some cultures differed more than I had originally thought. Strict rules, strong
avoidance tendency’s, and small portions of food were some of the more surface
level differences that still give me a start. What makes this particular subject
one of my favorites, is that you get to explore sub-cultures and see how even
the cultures that are generally viewed as one whole, is actually broken down
into even smaller pieces, and can differ almost entirely than the stereotypical
brand image. I love that as you dig deeper that you ditch the “one size fits
all” ideal and find that each culture is more unique than you thought. On the other
side of the spectrum, however, the culture tools also help us get a general
idea of what to expect from a certain culture group. An example would be
someone of a low avoidance person, who has a problem with a high avoidance person,
could infer that the person they need to have resolution with will avoid conflict
at all costs. The low avoidance person could potentially find a way to solve
the problem, without stepping on toes, and still be respectful of the high
avoidance persons cultural upbringing. As a person who enjoys conversations
with anyone willing to talk, I find these tools to be extremely helpful when
trying to resolve conflict with someone who may not understand my way of living.
Instead I can show that I understand their way of life and from there ask them
to understand where I am coming from, what my culture teaches me. It provides
understanding without unnecessary arguing and passive aggressiveness. I look
forward to learning more about others and especially myself


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