Cultural Self Assessment
Worldviews refers to a mental context within which an individual or a group of people give meaning to certainty, single-mindedness of human life and the laws that direct human life. Our life experience shapes our worldviews, which in turn helps to shape the way we approach life (Dicks, 2012). In this assignment, I present an overview of the worldviews that I use to interpret the world. Having been born and brought up as a Muslim African, I developed the following worldviews.
Survival founded worldview
Poverty, injustice, and physical threat are prevalent in Africa. I came to accept that we live in a world of power imbalance, where the perception of susceptibility and risk are ever present. There are two classes of people, the influential people and the less powerful. The powerful are more secure than the poor people. Therefore, people work hard and struggle to gain power and achieve security.
Every person must develop a strong individual and group identity at some point in life. Through our actions, we develop the sense of uniqueness, individuality or a distinguishing trait that helps to distinguish us from other individuals. For example, people with high academic qualifications should hold the top ranks in society, and the members of society must accord a lot of respect to them. People from white races are superior to those of the black runs.
Peace focused worldview
The Islamic religion promotes peaceful coexistence with our neighbors. It also advocates for unity among the brethren and practice of humanity. In fact, the work Islam originates from the Arabic word “Salaam” for peace. Therefore, the world is one and humanity is one. I believe that there should be a worldwide promotion of humankind. Those who inflict pain on humanity through their actions are in the wrong.
Being in Australia, I come across and relate with people from diverse culture. Our cultures are different, but we associate with each other. As a matter of fact, my worldviews have significantly impacted the way I interact with these people. As defined by Croucher (2015, p. 115), intercultural communication is communication between people with different national cultures. The identity-focused worldview significantly affected my intercultural competence when I first arrived in Australia. I felt inferior to the whites. As a result, I failed to deal with emotions during communication. Dealing with improper intercultural behavior was also a challenge. Consequently, I had to struggle and cope with the barriers.
Survival founded worldview greatly helps me to deal with the cross-cultural complications and acquire excellent intercultural communication skills. Through the focused peace worldview, interaction with people from different countries becomes easier. Creation of good relations results to positive intercultural outcomes. I always create a real face to other to foster a healthy relationship. Face negotiation philosophy (FNT) focuses on the mechanisms associated with the creation or destroying a good face to others (Katre et. al. , 2010, p. 49). These actions are also in line with the Anxiety Uncertainty Management of Meaning (AUMM) philosophy. According to Croucher (2015, p. 123), AUMM requires a person to overcome uncertainty and anxiety to achieve effective intercultural communication.
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