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Unformatted text preview: CSD-September 15, 2009 • Violation of cultural norms induces NOISE Six Barriers to Intercultural Communication: • Anxiety • Assuming similarity • Ethnocentrism • Stereotypes • Prejudice • Nonverbal Misinterpretations Anxiety: • Focus on nervous feeling rather than totally present in the communication interaction • Example: worry that other people may speak too fast or use words you don’t understand o Find yourself making mistakes or saying awkward things • Affect your ability to communicate your ideas to others • Physical effects of anxiety disorders o Sweating, chest pain, decreased sex drive, dizziness, ir ritability, increased muscle tension, rapid breathing and breathlessness Assuming Similarity: • When you don’t have any information about a culture, it’s natural to assume there are no differences • Each culture is different and unique to some degree • For example, cultural differences in showing emotions • Assuming difference instead of similarity can lead to not recognizing important things that cultures share in common Ethnocentrism: • Negatively judging aspects of another culture • To be ethnocentric is to believe in the superiority of one’s own culture •...
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