Why Self-reflection Is Important in Intercultural Encounters

Before you go on reading, please take out a paper and a pen and sit down for 5 minutes to write down all the thoughts that come through your head when you saw the picture in the top of this article. Without doing this, you will get much less from this article, so I highly recommend you playing along. Next, I want you to…

What Blocks us in Intercultural Encounters?

We assume similarities It is a natural tendency for us to assume that “hey, everybody should think like me”. Putting ourselves into the shoes of another person is just not our natural way of thinking. We are, by definition, self-centered. Our own view is the only one that we understand, and that we are familiar with. In other words: intercultural…