Crossing borders: bridging the gaps in intercultural relationships. Autumn Jackson, M.A. Esteban Touma, M.A. Our Intercultural Relationship. Intercultural Relationships.
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Autumn Jackson, M.A.
Esteban Touma, M.A.
What we learned: Intercultural relationships can only develop if people are encouraged to think of the other person as individuals, and to try to put preconceived notions aside.
Environment determines behavior
Rules and norms are determined by environment. Not being in your own environment might be confusing.
60% of allcommunicationis non-verbal
Howdoesyourbehaviorchange in differentcircumstances?
Day at thebeach
Whatwelearned: Empathy. Try tovisualizeyourownenvironmentthroughtheeyes of a stranger.
The meaning of a word depends on the culture.
Whatwelearned: Languagecommunicationneedstobe done through pauses and reflection. Active listening.
Values are determinedbysociety
Time: Culture of efficiencyvs. relaxedsociety
Formality/Informality: Sociable relationship vs. formal behavior
Directness: Politeness vs. honesty
Whatwelearned: Not judginga person by how he reacts to our rules. Respecting values. Understanding other people’s behavior.