Values & Social/Cultural Influences on Conflict. Conflict Resolution Day October 16,2014. Objective. Expanding the meaning of Multicultural Identify similar and different values and social/cultural influences between themselves and someone with whom they're in conflict
Conflict Resolution Day
When you have a conflict with another person, it's easy to think that one person is 'right' and one is 'wrong'.’ Usually, we each think we're right, but the reality isn't quite so cut and dry.
Another way to approach the conflict is to notice the differences and similarities in values and social and cultural experiences between yourself and the other person. If you first acknowledge and understand the differences -- without judging, attacking, or criticizing -- then you can use the similarities to work toward resolution.
Often, especially when talking about cultural identity or diversity, "culture" becomes synonymous with "race" or "ethnicity." One’s culture is made up of more than who are ancestors are and where we came from. It is formed by our interactions with others and how we internalize the messages we receive; our live experiences and where we see ourselves in relation to others.
Levels of Culture
Not all of us share the same viewpoint
All our viewpoints are valid in the context of our own personal experience
In a conflict we need to work to understand others' viewpoints, even if we don't agree with them.
If we can understand their viewpoint… and what is important to them … and if we can make ours clear to them
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