Explain the perception can be explained with the use of communication to help reach a mutual understanding.
Peer Response Instructions
** the degree to which the peer responses: address the prompt, address the peer’s initial post, contribute in a meaningful way to the discussion and give the peer something to reply to (e.g. ask a question, offer an alternative point of view, suggest a solution or a future action), follow academic writing conventions, show critical thinking, use relevant examples, are respectful/appropriate. Must be atleast 50-100 words
Note: This is related to the other one that I ordered regarding SPN341 Discussion 1 Part II, Please separate each response to one another.
Question: Select an aspect of communication from Chapter 2, or an aspect of culture from Chapter 3, and explain how it might create the possibility for misunderstandings when cultures come into contact. Use an example from your personal experience at work, home, or in the world.
There are many possible choices for this post — in order that we get a broad coverage of the Chapter 2 and 3 content, please select a topic which has not already been addressed by one of your peers.
Here are the post from my peer that need responses
Note: Please separate each response to each other including the sources/reference
1. From BH
Communication and Culture
Communication is a continual process. We are constantly communicating by the way we dress, comb or do not comb our hair, how we walk, how we sit, whether we smile, frown, or have no facial expression, or make eye-contact or not. (“Lecture 1B,” n.d., para. 2)
This leads me to wondering about the Arabic culture. When it comes to nonverbal communication, a lot of wonders can be set off. For example, in the Arab culture, henna tattoos represent good luck, health and wellness. In some cultures, their beliefs are that tattoos are a disgrace to their bodies.
Many Americans have the idea that all Arab women wear veils all the time. This can cause misunderstandings when the different cultures come in contact. One may think that the Arab woman is hiding herself and is not open to communicate, where reality is that Arab woman are very modest and conservative. I’ve also heard that in the Arabic culture, there are fixed marriages at times. I have met an Arabic family before and they have set a “fixed engagement” for their daughter, however she was not a happy camper! What if she wanted someone from a different culture/race but can’t because it’s out of her culture “boundaries?”
2. From MAS
Perception of cultures in comparison to other cultures is very important. The act of perception itself is a three step process that includes; selection, organization, and interpretation. Selection with the use of sight bases the foundation of perception. Organization from the data absorbed through sight is key in determining the significance of what is being viewed so that it is put in a meaningful way, which would bring about interpretation (Jandt p. 66-63).
Take the swastika for an example. Upon first sight of this symbol, most associate it with Adolf Hitler and his Nazi army who were responsible for the slaughter of millions in the Holocaust. In terms of related thinking, it is also seen as the symbol for the Ku Klux Klan who share similar views on the idea of superiority and the unity of the white race.
But what most don’t know is that long before Hitler was even a thought, some 5,000 years ago, and the swastika was an ancient symbol depicted on temples in India, as well rendered as a sacred symbol in the likes of Buddhism and Hinduism. The symbol represented “good fortune” or “well-being” (History of the Swastika, 2014).
A hypothetical example of how misunderstandings amongst different cultures pertaining to this symbol could be that of a Jewish American traveling on vacation to Asia. Taking in the sights of the ancient culture, if this person came across this symbol, it would evoke and whirlwind of emotion because the meaning behind the symbol is perceived different in his/her culture. It would have to be communicated with his/her words (and possibly a language interpreter) what the symbolism means to native culture and vice versa. Misunderstandings happen amongst different cultures and within same cultures. The perception can be explained with the use of communication to help reach a mutual understanding.
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