The Importance of Observing the Consequences of Our Actions

Cultural learning is learning from experiences. By interacting with the environments we are in, we observe and imitate the behaviours of others, and we observe the consequences our actions have. When we have the impression that these consequences are positive, then we will continue showing this behaviour in the future. If not, then we will stop showing a similar behaviour.…

Your body is there. Is your mind, too?

So you’ve moved to another country.Perhaps you have been relocated by your organization. Or, perhaps you made the choice to move on your own. Regardless of whether it was an active choice or not, you are now there, which means that you have to come to peace with the decision. Without having read the book, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “wherever you go,…

Why Watching Cultural Performances Is More Important Than You Thought

I must admit that I am not really the type who often goes to cultural events like dances, theater and so on. Maybe this will change now. The reason why I did not appreciate it very much was that I saw it more as pure entertainment, rather than something that I could learn from. But when I went to a performance of…

Cultural Learning: It’s Time to Experience, Reflect, and Experiment, NOW!

One of my American friends who teaches in Japan once told me how frustrated he was about the performance of his class, which was far below average at his school. He told me that his students simply were not motivated. However, unlike many other people, he did not seek the fault with his students. He set out to understand what…