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Culture and conflict in interpersonal relationships

Please do not copy and paste material from websites. All must be your own wording, no plagiarism. Do not include any references. I originally had 5 questions posted, and have downsized this to 2 questions.

1. Explain in detail how culture and identity influence interpersonal relationships.
2. Describe in detail a situation when verbal or nonverbal behaviors were misinterpreted. What were some emotional responses to the situation?

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Culture and identity can change how people understand and perceive each other, often causing misunderstanding and disagreement. Culture is not just national, ethnic, religious, or gender, but also neighborhood, placement in family, personal interests. How one reacts to others is based on the experiences and the identity one forms from these various experiences. Culture is not singular, but a combination of those beliefs and norms, values and experiences one has.

A good example is the first season of "Simple Life" in which Paris Hilton and Nicole Richey spent time with a rural family. All of these people were from the United States, Christian, white (though Richey is biracial), and there were both genders involved. The reality came from the differences in backgrounds and social strata to which each group belonged. Misunderstanding and learning experiences were based on those cultural differences found between the two groups. One of the most obvious was Paris's lack of knowledge about the ...

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A discussion of the ways cultural differences can hamper communication and interpersonal relationships. An example is given.