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Troubleshooting

This post will focus on  misunderstandings cross-culturally. Everyone at some point will experience a cultural misunderstanding if they interact for a long enough with another country.  Most of the time they can be resolved quickly and painlessly. However, there are certain occaisions where more detailed explorations into culture and asumptions.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Identify cultural assumptions
  2.  Be willing to learn about other cultures perspectives on the topic.
  3.  Have self- awareness of your own cultural practices, prejudices, bias etc. This will help you solve the conflict easier.
  4. Empathy is important.
  5.  Examine your own cultural values to see where they might clash with another person’s values.
  6. Learn about how the culture in question resolves conflicts.
  7. Build on common ground between you and the other party.
  8. Break down the power structure.  Work to empower them to share their side of the story.
  9. Look for a mediator who understands both cultures if possible.  Hire an expert if necessary.
  10. Remember that the process of resolving serious misunderstandings can take time.

Sint Eustatiusius(Netherlands)

St.Eustatius also known as Statia is part of the Caribbean Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but English is the “language of everyday life” on the island and education is solely in English. An English based creole is also spoken. Tourism is a big part of the economy , but trade also flourishes in a host of other area.
St. Eustatius is culturally a mix of European and Carribbean influences, and is a family oriented society. Also, rank and connections are important, though the culture is more relaxed than some. It’s important to recognize the history of the territory, and the transient nature of many of its inhabitants when considering how to relate well with the culture. Below you will find a video about the territory and surrounding islands.

Sources:
Lonely Planet. (2017). Sint Eustatius. Retrieved from https://www.lonelyplanet.com/sint-eustatius

Sint Eustatius Tourism. (2017). Sint Eustatius. Retrieved from http://www.statia-tourism.com/
World Atlas. (2017). Sint Eustatius. Retrieved June 22, 2017, from http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/caribb/steustus.htm

Research Roundup: Psychology

Here are a few articles of note that were published recently. We have sorted them by date:

Terrelonge, Dion N., and Andrew JB Fugard. “Associations between family and clinician ratings of child mental health: A study of UK CAMHS assessments and outcomes.” Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry (2017): 1359104517713240.
Wen, Y., L. Yan, and L. LiMin. “AB0545 Effect of empathy nursing on the life quality of thepatients with systemic lupus erythematosus.” (2017): 1241-1242.
Popp, Jerome. “Social Intelligence and the Explanation of Workplace Abuse.” SAGE Open 7.2 (2017): 2158244017715076.
Clifton, Allan, and Gregory D. Webster. “An Introduction to Social Network Analysis for Personality and Social Psychologists.” Social Psychological and Personality Science (2017): 1948550617709114.
Maurer, Todd J., Chad A. Hartnell, and Michael Lippstreu. “A model of leadership motivations, error management culture, leadership capacity, and career success.” Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (2017).
Jafari, Arian, et al. “Ethical review board-approved protocols and intent to use open practices in research on human subjects in Sweden.” (2017).
Conway, Paul M., et al. “When do negative acts reflect experienced workplace bullying? Identifying optimal cut-off points on the Short-Negative Act Questionnaire.” EAWOP
2017. 2017.
Osibanjo, Adewale Omotayo, et al. “An Assessment of Workplace Deviant Behaviours and Its Implication on Organisational Performance in a Growing Economy.” Journal of Organizational Psychology 15.1: 90-100.
Parsuram, Ameeta. “Instructional Psychology.” ICSSR Indian Psychological Abstracts and Reviews 18.1&2 (2017).
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