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Advantages Of Cultural Differences

By – Kayode Ipadeola

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We are now living in a vibrant multicultural nation, so its great that you want to understand cultures other than your own. There are a few ways to do this, but the most important is to remember that were all just people who are trying to do the best we can. So, taking each person on their own merit will always see you right.

This can help if:

▪ you want to embrace cultural differences

▪ you want to learn ways of understanding cultural differences

▪ you want to learn how to talk to people from different backgrounds.

Ways to understand cultural differences

It can be very easy to stick with what you know, rather than trying to meet people who are different from you. However, actively trying to understand and embrace cultural differences can open you up to a whole world of exciting new possibilities and experiences. Heres what you can do:

Become self-aware

Work out your own beliefs, values and personal biases. Yep, it can be confronting, but by doing this youll be able to think about how these traits might impact on your approach to an understanding of differences.

Do your own research

Learning about different cultures can be a great way of developing an understanding of cultural diversity. Do a spot of research online or through books, and study some of the history and traditions of other cultures.

Talk to someone from a different cultural background

Try and get to know them a bit better. You dont necessarily have to ask them directly about their culture, but by getting to know them youll automatically find out more about their life and experiences.

Travel!

One of the best ways to experience and understand other cultures is to actually live among them. It might take a while to save for, but planning a trip overseas to a country youre interested in can be the best way of opening yourself up to new cultures.

Be more accepting

Sometimes its not all that easy to gain an understanding of cultural difference, for whatever reason. In these situations, the best approach is just to acknowledge that some people are different and to accept that thats okay.

Culturally different, with diverse opinions

Even if you hear or read something about a certain culture, its important to realise that this doesnt mean everyone from that particular background acts/thinks/believes the same thing. Just as not everyone you know has identical beliefs, people who come from different cultural backgrounds arent all a certain way, either.

Dont stereotype

One of the biggest difficulties to overcome in understanding cultural differences is making judgements based on one opinion. Do your own research and make an effort to actually learn about people, instead of making broad-brush assessments.

Everyone is unique

The main thing to remember is that everyone, no matter what their cultural background, has different opinions, habits and ways of life. The sooner you accept that everyone is different, the easier it becomes to understand and embrace cultural differences.

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6 comments

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