The Importance Of Intercultural Competence

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In Maslow's hierarchy of needs, it is stated that humans have certain things that they need to strive for to meet before achieving the highest level of personality fulfillment. These levels include: physiological needs, safety needs, belongingness and love needs, esteem needs, aesthetic needs, and lastly self actualization needs (Ciccarelli & White, 363-365). After the most basic needs of sustenance and shelter, belonging and love fall in as the next important and lead to more indepth emotions individuals experience. In order for people to feel these connections with others, the ability to communicate and behave in appropriate ways with others who are culturally different, otherwise known as intercultural competence, is enacted (Why Intercultural Competence?).
It is very important to practice intercultural competence on a day to day basis, even outside of friendships because it benefits the world in so many ways. It allow successful conflict resolution, if individuals are able to think outside the problems of a single culture and broadens the horizon to all individuals, many issues can be resolved (McKinnon). It also allows communities to be strengthened through the development of focusing on relationships between behavior and cultures known Socio-Cultural perspective (Ciccarelli & White, 547-548). Each cultural groups has unique strengths and perspectives that brings a wide range of ideas, customs, and wisdom to solve problems and enrich lives of those within communities
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