The Probability Of Having Effective Cultural Interaction

1039 WordsMay 6, 20175 Pages
the probability of having effective cultural interaction and communication in a majority Muslim country and the Muslim community. This understanding of the cognitive and behavioral strategies that are most likely to result in effective intercultural communication thus helps to understand and/or accept the similarities and differences in the background, experience, culture and perspectives of individuals from a culture different that mine. This is the fourth most important dimension as it is seemingly impossible to obtain without the other three dimensions, but still important nonetheless. It is important because as the world is becoming more global with the help of technology, travel and education the success of these encounters will…show more content…
This affected the country as whole especially politically. This is why it is so important to have this skill as not having can have serious, negative ramifications on society as a whole. Another example of what could happen if people do not understand or accept similarities and differences of people from other cultures, is that they can dehumanize and seriously mistreat people of that culture. For instance, this is done in most wars. Due to the fact that that some people lack the ability to understand and accept the similarities of people who are different from themselves they begin to label them or ‘otherize’ them. Like in WWII we labeled the Japanese as rats because when you label them and don’t think of them as human beings it is easier to commit atrocities to them and their people. A more modern example would be today where we tend to ‘otherize’ Muslims. This leads to fear which will undoubtedly manifest itself in the form stereotypes. “What makes a stereotype a stereotype is that the belief in question is applied broadly to a group of people and is often assumed of group members based solely on their group membership (Simon, 2011). Stereotypes often lead to negative and harsh feelings towards people different from ourselves. The authors of our textbook touch on this as they state, “Whereas prejudice refers to people’s attitudes or mental representations, the term discrimination refers to the behavioral manifestations of that prejudice. Thus
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