All people in all societies are ethnocentric to some degree, regardless of how accepting or open-minded they might think or claim to be. Our ethnocentrism should not be a source of embarrassment, because it is a by-product of growing up in our society

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All people in all societies are ethnocentric to some degree, regardless of how accepting or open-minded they might think or claim to be. Our ethnocentrism should not be a source of embarrassment, because it is a by-product of growing up in our society. In fact, ethnocentrism serves the positive function of enhancing group solidarity. On the other hand, ethnocentrism can contribute to prejudice, contempt for outsiders, and intergroup conflict. Although it is a deeply engrained attitude found in every society, it is important that we become aware of it, so that it will not hinder us in learning about other cultures. Awareness of our own ethnocentrism will never eliminate it, but will enable us to minimize its more negative effects. It is vital for businesspeople to refrain from judging the way of life of our international business partners, colleagues and customers. Instead, we should seek to understand other people in the context of their cultural background. That means, we have to do our homework. We have to learn about these other cultures and interact with them in respectful ways in order to be successful. Listening goes a long way in that regard.
Please watch these two short videos. Although this is not representing a business setting, it might serve to give you a first flavor of what your own ethnocentrism feels like… :
1. Meeting the in-laws…

2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding…

Post in your reflective journal about any insights that you have taken from this lesson.
Is there something that you hadn’t realized before?
Does this give you some ideas about how you might be able to improve how you get along in your work?
What are the implications of what we talked about today?
You can share situations that happened to you or someone else that relate to the chapter material. If you are truly reflecting at a deep level you will have “ah-hahs” as you write that will help you see new insights and applications to work and life in general. Share those in your reflections.
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(Quoting from other sources does not count against the minimum required word count.)

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