Recognize Cultural Shock
It is the psychological event that may occur when you come across someone of a different culture.
It can occur from something as simple as moving into your dorm room or moving in with your significant other.
I have experienced cultural shock a few times. The one that effected me the most is when I moved out on my own in a new state.
Stage one of cultural shock is when you fascinate over people and the new culture.
Stage two of cultural shock happens with the differences between cultures cause problems.
Stage three of cultural shock is when you are able to cope with the necessary skills to function in the new cultural environment.
Stage four of cultural shock is when you learn to fit in and enjoy the new culture.
Cultural shock may also occur again when you return back to the original culture you left.
What is it?
It is the conversation that may occur between two different cultures.
I would be experiencing intercultural communication if I was talking with a patient from Brazil.
The communication can be filtered by many different things such as the camera filter.
The communication between two cultures may rely on the attitude between the individuals on the acceptance of one another's cultures.
Cultural sensitivity plays a big role in the step towards world peace.
Reduce your Ethnocentrism
Ever since we were young children we have been taught that certain things to certain ways. It is our job to reduce this effect and not see other people's actions through our own beliefs.
It is just natural for people to think of their culture as the more superior culture compared to other people.
People should practice learning that there is a difference between cultures, but one is not superior compared to the other.
I can implement this into my daily life, by not looking down on other cultures, but instead being more curious about how they work.
It is impossible to be completely free of ethnocentrism, but instead it falls on a spectrum between both ethnocentristic and non-ethnocentristic.
Mindful is a way of thinking in a certain way.
Always make sure that you think something through before you actually say it.
I would benefit from being mindful when responding logically to my patient's questions.
Some people have moments of mindlessness where they find themselves not thinking logically.
The key to a successful intercultural conversation is to always be mindful of the source individual.
It is very easy to think that similar qualities exist and that there are no differences between cultures.
It is important to notice the differences between cultures.
I may ask a patient how they are feeling, but they may lie to me because I did not ask the proper way in their culture.
Every nation can be seen having multiple different cultures within it.
Different cultures look at words from a different perspective such as the word "woman" and nonverbal cues may also have different meanings.
Adjust your Communication
Different cultural groups use symbols that may not match those of your own culture.
I think the hardest symbols to learn throughout someone's life would be those of your significant other.
It is always important to communicate your feelings for other cultures so they know how you are feeling.
If someone has a disability, avoid talking in third person and talk to them directly while looking at them.
The golden rule can apply here. Treat others how you want to be treated. If someone is stuttering it does not make them less intelligent.
The best way that someone can prepare for anything is to learn about it before hand.
If I knew that I had an Indian patient coming in later for an exam, I may want to read up on their culture to be able to connect with them easier.
Read an article about the culture, watch a movie about the culture, talk to someone of the culture are all different ways to prepare yourself for the other culture.
The fears that may come about can be prevented or dimmed down if you expect them to occur.
Confront your Stereotypes
Everyone has a stereotype for a lot of different groups in the world.
I personally have stereotypes for certain race groups. It is something that I am not proud of, but society has raised me that way.
An individual may be different then the group as a whole. You should not automatically give the individual the same characteristics that you give the group.
It is important not to stereotype because someone may miss the opportunity to notice the good in the individual.