Culture and Body Language
myGuidon.com writes that many of our body movements and gestures are culturally determined, some gestures have different meanings in different cultures. What can be seen in one culture as a compliment is often taken as an insult in another culture.
With our internationally connected world it is important for the business traveler, teacher, psychologist, doctor etc. to understand that one culture’s set of acceptable body language gestures or movements may not be interpreted the same way in a different culture.
One can simply look at the greeting style of various cultures to see this cultural discord come to life. There are huge differences between the way Americans, Asians, and Middle Eastern people greet each other.
When dealing with cultural differences or a difficult cultural encounter Knowledge Is the Key!
Humintell’s IntelliCulture has a section devoted to gestures of different cultures and what they mean. If you encounter individuals from varying cultural backgrounds, you would benefit from this cross-cultural adaptation tool.
To read more about gestures and how they are received in varying countries read the entire article.
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