If somebody perceives us in some way, individuals are more prone to see ourselves in this particular way. People are less willing to be diacritical, they are afraid of rejection or being laughed at and this is not about our private convictions. This is how subconsciousness and social influence works. Aronson shows that people feel a need of integrity, belonging and acceptance, by stating that “If we find a person or a group attractive or appealing in some way, we will be inclined to accept influence from that person or group and adopt similar values and attitudes”. It is a prove that media are an inherent part of our life.
Culturally competent service providers are aware of how their own cultural backgrounds, experiences, attitudes, values, and biases influence psychological processes. Although cultural competence is presented as a progressive and positive force for the challenge racism and discrimination There are a few obstacles that make it difficult to implement and in fact, achieved for the social worker and employers. Critique of cultural competence Critiqued that cultural competence for being unreachable. Critiqued that Could be privileging group characteristics over individuality – opens for stereotyping. Critiqued for implying that a client’s culture can be understood by the social worker who reads about cultures and asks questions, but the reality is more complex.
It has made me appreciate other cultural values and look at the world through a bigger lens. Being diverse does not always come from race or culture. Diversity has many forms which it accumulates under. To me, each person is a story that cannot be replicated. Some are filled with struggles and oppression while others with opportunity but that does not take away the importance of each story.
Firstly, in the areas of decreasing stereotypes, focusing on the individual and having an open-minded attitude towards the uniqueness of different cultures may be beneficial to avoid stereotypes. (Agius & Ambrosewicz, 2003, p. 34) As stereotypes are unreasonable overgeneralizations of all members in one certain group, concentrating on the uniqueness of each individual might be helpful for people who stereotype others to recognize their misleading conceptions and to respect each individual of the stereotyped group. Additionally, being willing to learn more about the cultures and beliefs of people from different societies or different groups is considered an appropriate solution as well. When people stereotype others, they seem to hold on tightly to their stubborn beliefs and assumptions. Consequently, when people agree to learn more about different cultures, they will probably gain more knowledge about other people and other cultures, and from that point, they will perhaps become aware of their previous untrue perceptions and change their
In order to ensure respect for cultural diversity, the guidance must be established for UN agencies, member states, nongovernmental organizations and private sectors. All nations should work closely with UNESCO to acknowledge and support cultural diversity to pursue sustainable development and lasting peace. Kofi Annan, said “People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what-and who we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their
Language gives us the ability to connect, without language we wouldn’t be able to communicate feelings, solve problems and form complex communities. Due to the many diverse cultures and languages that we have in South Africa, barriers are often formed amongst certain communities and therefore language separates us. In order to help break down those barriers and reconcile the nation, the philosophy of Ubuntu is encouraged. This module has revealed to me the huge influence language has on our lives, as individuals and as communities. Through the philosophy of Ubuntu we can learn to be more culturally sensitive through our language use, as well as to be more open minded and respectful whether it is towards language, culture or race.
This shared cultural identity is essentially determined by difference from other people. A group of people feels they belong to a group, which defines itself as a group, by noticing and highlighting differences with other groups and cultures. Hence, any culture naturally defines itself in relation to and in contradistinction from other cultures. So, while human beings share the same nature and reason, the expressions of this human nature into the different modes of life and different human activities are diverse, hence the diversity of human culture. The diversity of human cultures represents “various expressions of one nature – the human nature.” This diversity is an “indication of the creativity and resourcefulness of the human nature.”13
The are two obvious ways in which people identify themselves and respond to other people: gender and cultural diversity. But it should be remembered that diversity is seldom limited to one type of difference, age and profession are also important dimensions of diversity. Although all dimensions of diversity can create more communication difficulty for team members, not all types of diversity affect a team`s interaction in the same way. The most likely way to encounter the conflict is truth team members who differ on characteristics important to the task, for example disagreement about goals, decisions, and procedures. Teams have to negotiate these disagreements and having team members with different task or activity expertise generally increases the ability of the team to perform effectively.
Everyone has at least one identity or characteristic in which they identify. Identities can aid someone by allowing them to have more opportunities in life, while other identities can limit them. Some common identities that can significantly affect the opportunities and options in one 's life are gender, race, and religion. Throughout history, society has seen certain identities as more desirable than others. In European history, society had certain expectations of citizens and would systematically oppress those that did not fit into the mold of the perfect citizen.
“Ultimately, many forms of discrimination and bias may develop not because outgroups are hated, but because positive emotions such as admiration, sympathy, and trust are reserved for the ingroup” (Understanding Prejudice). This quote reflects that sticking to your moral beliefs creates a layer of protection in a person’s response to conflict because it explains that when a group of people all share a common interest, for instance, their moral beliefs, those people tend to gravitate towards each other. “The tendency of people to favor their own group, known as ‘ingroup bias’, has been found in cultures around the world” (Understanding Prejudice). “Even major life decisions such as whom to love, where to live, and what occupation to pursue can be influenced by relatively minor similarities between individuals” (Understanding Prejudice). For instance, Anne Frank once said, “I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of