In this essay, I will be discussing ways in which cross-cultural conflict may arise, and ways to overcome these communication barriers. Effective communication between people of the same cultural background is complex and challenging at the best of times. Trying to understand and have good, effective communication between people from different cultural backgrounds is even more challenging. When counsellors engage with clients from different culture backgrounds, there can often be misunderstandings that occur through misinterpreting a certain cultural norm that is prevalent in one’s culture but is not in the others. In doing so, this could lead to a breakdown in communication between the client and the counsellor
It gave me a curiosity about other cultures and the opportunity to save money and travel the world. Through travelling I was introduced to completely new cultures and ways of thinking that were in complete contradiction from my own. It challenged my self-beliefs and what I previously unquestionably believed to be the correct way of living.
Whilst living in Asia, the biggest revelation I had was realising that the West was represented with core ideals of individualism, what’s going to make me happy and an a sense of fulfilment through capitalistic gains. In contrast to my socio-psychological development as a self-regarding individual, I found in the East the core ideals revolved around collectivism. In the East people see themselves as part of a group, and instead of thinking what is best for one person, focus is on what’s best for the group.
Language is a fundamental part of communication & it can be both a tool & a barrier to bridge cultural differences. The use of correct language will be essential when counselling someone from a culture that differs from my own. For example, using the wrong words, terminology or reactions could easily be misconstrued and the client could take offence or become withdrawn
I’ve come to realize that counselling people from an ethnic and cultural background that