Tim Rettig

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Tim Rettig
Expat Life in Iran and Intercultural Communication Skills
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  • Belief Systems: what they are and how they affect you 2 years ago Your belief system is the invisible force behind your behavior. Together with other factors such as your personality, your genetic set up and your habits, your belief system is one of the strongest forces that affects any decision that you are making. The communication styles you are using. The...
  • When your belief system is challenged... 2 years ago What happens when your belief system is challenged? What happens when you suddenly realize that the large majority of people in the world don’t share the same beliefs with you? What happens when you suddenly find yourself in the minority in terms of what you believe in? That moment is a real...
  • 3 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Intercultural Communication Skills 2 years ago Cognitive biases affect our behavior in pretty much any aspect of life. They are a kind of mental shortcut which our brain uses for the sake of reaching conclusions faster and more efficiently. Stereotyping, for example, is a cognitive bias which all of us have heard of before. As part of...
  • Cultural Innovation: Growing Beyond the Constraints of Your Cultural Conditioning 2 years ago The lessons we learned from simply being in any particular environment put us into a mental cage. People primarily learn through cultural transmission. This process can happen through a large variety of means such as communicating with other people, observing and imitating other people’s...
  • Intercultural Empathy: A Guide to Real Understanding Across Cultures 2 years ago Intercultural empathy is one of the key skills needed to develop a real understanding across cultures. Essentially, it consists of three dimensions: Cognitive empathy: the ability to put ourselves into the perspective of the other person and imagine how he or she perceives a particular situation...

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