What Mannerisms do we Associate with Culture?
Body Language, Social Habits, Etiquette, Personal Space, Touching, etc.
How do we Learn Culture? Where, When How?
We learn our shared norms and vaues within our culture from those around us. It is learned from Imitation (imitating those around you), Rules (Spoken and Unspoken Rules from your culture) and Corrected Mistakes. These shared cultural mannerisms and beliefs are passed down from generation to generation.
How do you see Yourself? What is your Culture? What Makes you you?
By looking at yourself and your own culture, you are able to define exactly what you are. By being able to understand your own culture better, it is easier to learn and understand other cultures. Learning everything about yourself, your positive and negative points enables you to broaden your horizons and develop as a person.
How do we Think others Interpret our Culture?
By looking at your own culture and imagining how people from other cultural backgrounds would interpret your culture, you are able to see yourseld from the perspectives of others. it is important to have an open mind, therefore being able to see the positive sides in difference and also to be able to laugh at any 'strange' observations others make of your own culture.
What is Tolerance?
Tolerance is the ability to accept Ideas, Behaviours and Feelings that are different than those of the individual.
How can we Teach Tolerance?
We need to teach cultural difference and help people to learn to:
1. Empathise (See from their Perspective),
2. Understand the Reason for a particular Belief, Behaviour or Feeling,
3. Value Difference,
4. Accept Difference.