Essay On Cultural Worldview

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Generally, our culture appears invisible to us. Our thoughts and behaviors occur natural to us, because we don’t know otherwise. Occasionally, we do not appreciate the impact of our own culture have in our mind, until we see it in contrast to other cultures. Cultural norms seem to be natural and typical, whereas deviations seem to be seen as immoral, or unaccepted. Nevertheless, cultural experiences shape our values, beliefs, perspectives, behaviors, actions, and thoughts.
The purpose of this paper is to help me gain a new perspective on how my worldview, and my interactions with others, have been influenced by my culture. If I take culture into consideration, it will help me to understand why some behaviors that might seem strange to outsiders
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