Personal Cultural Differences: The Importance Of Communication Across Cultures

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“The place to start when learning to communicate across cultures is to become aware of proxemics, how close to stand or sit when communicating. We each have an invisible circle that surrounds us called (personal space) “. (Gonzalez-Mena, 2008) I am a friendly person, so generally, I like to be close to the person I’m talking to. If a stranger stands close to me I will feel comfortable. My special proximity depends on if I know you or not and if I feel comfortable around you. If I’m uncomfortable, I don’t want you near me. Globally, America and many other European countries share similarities in the amount of space one must have, which is typically arm’s length. In Saudi Arabia, the requirements of personal space are lower. They stand closer together, even those they don’t know well. Heading East, Asian cultures typically have less personal space than Westerners. (Tools, 2018)…show more content…
In the book, it states that Russians do not smile unless they are genuinely happy. An American way of being friendly can be determined as being fake to a Russian. (Gonzalez-Mena, 2008) “In countries like Germany, Switzerland, China, and Malaysia, smiling faces were rated as significantly more intelligent than non-smiling people. But in Japan, India, Iran, South Korea, and—you guessed it—Russia, the smiling faces were considered significantly less intelligent.” (N/A, 2018) I personally smile if I make I eye-contact with a stranger, but I believe we do have to be aware of different cultures, so we won’t be

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