Why facts don't change our minds

"Confirmation bias" is the tendency people have to embrace information that supports their beliefs and reject information that contradicts them. "Imagine a mouse that thinks the way we do. Such a mouse, “bent on confirming its belief that there are no cats around,” would soon be dinner...

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Weird, or just different?

"There's a flip side to everything". In this short Ted Talk, Derek Sivers provides a great illustration of how we view the world from different cultural perspectives. Sometimes the lifestyle in other countries can feel strange, but is it really strange? In most cases, what we perceive as being weird, strange or bizarre about another culture is in fact totally normal from their point of view. So, we should remember to be open minded and see the differences between us as fascinating and fun, rather than strange or wrong. “It’s just different!” 

Myths of Cultural Adaptation

Lamentably, our global society meets with far too many over-confident world travellers. People often launch themselves headlong into the global arena expecting those they meet to cater to their every whim. They may be diligent, hard-working, successful individuals and yet are blind to social cues and cultural subtleties. They do not listen to advice or counsel from seasoned consultants and feel things “are just fine” while missing out on a potentially superior international experience. If you are open to the fact that you may be even a little deluded in your intercultural mindset, explore the following myths:

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Are you biased? We all are.

"But this is the way we've always done it". Being aware of our own (unconcious) biases, recognising / identifying our "blind spots" and training ourselves to think differently is an essential part of intercultural learning and developing cultural competence...