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How are people different?
I’m different from them.
They’re different from me.
When people are different from me, or I’m different from other people, it sometimes makes me feel—
A person can sometimes make a negative or incorrect judgment or assumption about another person who is different from them. Why does this happen?
Because of my-- Because of their--
When a person makes a negative or incorrect judgment or assumption about me it can make me angry or frustrated. Why does this happen?
Knowing where you are on the Diversity Competencies scale can help you understand why you feel and act a certain way towards people who are different from you.
Working your way through the scale can help you achieve better sensitivity and appreciate diversity.
First Level: Repulsion
People from different cultures or lifestyles than me are not normal. They make me very uncomfortable or angry and should not be allowed in my environment.
Second Level: Avoidance
I don’t understand or am not familiar with people from different cultures or lifestyles. And I’m not really interested or see any value in becoming familiar so I’ll just avoid them.
Third Level: Tolerance
I can be around people from other cultures or lifestyles, and I can respect their differences. I let them “do their thing” and I prefer that they let me “do my thing.”
Fourth Level: Acceptance
I am comfortable around people from other cultures or lifestyles. I welcome and acknowledge them.
Fifth Level: Appreciation
I see people of different cultures and lifestyles as positive and smart. They have great value and have much to offer me in the way of new information and insights.
Fifth Level: Fostering Diversity
I am one among many different peoples. I actively seek liaisons with people from different cultures and lifestyles. We can come together and learn from each other.
From Cross-cultural, to multi-cultural, and then, inter-cultural.
What are my responsibilities towards other people who are different from me?
What are my responsibilities towards myself when I’m around people who are different from me?