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Crriticial Incident #7: Sara is a new employee and has a colleague who frequently comes by her desk and stops to talk. He leans in and shares stories of his life outside of work. Sara feels uncomfortable and is beginning to think that she needs to report him for sexual harassment, especially since she is uncomfortable with the distance between them. Why does Sara feel this way? What might the colleague be thinking?
7 Cultural dimension: Interpersonal Distance and Touch. (Apedaile and Schill, 2008, pp. 27) Sarah feels that her personal distance and touch boundaries are being violated. Her colleague might be thinking that he is being friendly and welcoming to Sarah since she is a new employee. Preferences differ from culture to culture. Scholars have found that Americans, conquerors of the wild frontier, generally prefer more personal space than people in Mediterranean and Latin American cultures, and more than men in Arab countries. For the majority of people who find some amount of personal space necessary for their security, an unexpected violation can be very disconcerting. ( Olarotimi, RS, 2014)
8 Conclusion Intercultural competence and awareness is important in today’s society. The INCA survey and incidences provided show how simple misconceptions happen in everyday events and how unaware we might be to our own biases. In dealing with individuals of different cultures, we should strive to identify incidents on c ultural sensitivities that we have been guilty of committing or areas to improve. As humans coexisting, we have a responsibility to each other to increase our ability to adapt and to understand individuals from different cultural backgrounds.
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