Cultural Differences In Communication

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Culture is a set of shared values that a group of people hold. Values can affect how you judge others, as well as how you think. Cultural meanings point out some behaviors as right or wrong, normal or strange. Every culture has a set of rules that their citizens follow. Most of us are aware of our own biases since we have inherit these since we were young. Furthermore, attitudes, values, behaviors, and communication are absorbed subconsciously.
Some misunderstanding can arise from the difference in communication styles. Understanding the differences between direct and indirect communication has helped many to understand others better. Indirect communicators tend to convey their messages not by the words used but by nonverbal behaviors, such as tone of voice or pauses. While direct communicators often say what
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Stereotypes can be identified based on race, ethnicity, religion, age, or personality. If the characteristics are disrespected, it is considered to be a negative stereotype. Hence, if the characterstics are appreciated and respected, it is a positive stereotype. Both kinds of stereotypes may lead us to understand our communication partners in a wrong way. Stereotypes, whether positive or negative, is usually partially correct. Some stereotypes that others have about Australians are associated with their beaches and surfing culture. They seem to be out-going and relaxed. In the working environment, Australians are very professional and know what they are doing. Mexicans have been stereotyped as dishonest or always trying to rip you off. In addition, Mexicans often say “no” which may make others feel like they cannot be trusted or relied on (Cultural, 2009). As a specific example, we may see that despite the belief that Austrialians are more individualistic and Mexicans are more group-oriented, some Mexicans can be as individualistic as Australians (Bennett,
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