â?¢Generate and evaluate reasons why people may not appreciate the cultural point of view of others. Use at least 10 references as well as 3 sociologists' views.
â?¢Discuss how appreciating cultural diversity affects peoples' ability to communicate effectively in the context of a multinational corporation or an international nonprofit agency. Feel free to add your own experiences as well as quoting others.
Reasons why people may not appreciate cultural view of others:
People from the western culture find it difficult to understand someone else's point of view because they are part of a culture that encourages individualism. The Chinese people are more attuned to alternative perspectives since their culture encourages a collectivist approach. Boaz Keysar who is a professor in psychology states that many words and actions have multiple meanings and that people need to gain a perspective on what they might be thinking in order to sort out what a person really means. The Chinese culture tends to have self-concepts defined in terms of social obligations and relationships and they are also interdependent. The members of the individualist culture have self concepts that are defined in terms of their own achievements and aspirations and tend to strive for independence (Psychology articles, n.d).
The attitude of people may cause one to disregard the cultural standing of other people. Past engagement may evoke feelings of rejection especially if the relation wasn't healthy. Characters in a person may contribute to rigidity in accepting people's contribution from societies with a cultural setting that is different. Lack of education may lead to the perception that other people's culture is inferior due to their values, beliefs and norms (Miller, 2010).
Most of the people are not culturally flexible since people have grown up within a homogeneous experience, a monoculture with a certain level of biases and ethnocentrism. Cultural flexibility enables people to experience from the other person's perspective and develops better relationships because we wont stereotype others prior to knowing them (Scott, n.d). People also don't appreciate other people's point of view since some people go after ideas that we ourselves have decided not to utilize them or we ourselves have either not thought of. People tend to disrespect and to ...
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