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September 16, 2010 / Astor ICS

Internationality: The Socio-Psychological Communication Frontier

When you consider the complex world of communication, remember that around 92% of it is nonverbal. We are constantly sending messages to support, emphasize, describe, rationalize and a myriad of other qualifiers as we speak. When you add the cultural
distinctions between people and then add the personal and familial uniqueness, it’s staggering.

Getting message through is not a miracle, it’s an art and a craft. By examining the nature of communication at its source, and how we receive it, we can see the possible pitfalls that break apart a perfectly good attempt.

Step One: We observe data coming in. this is an information stream being received by the senses (eyes, ears, etc.), the neuro-system and entire physical body.

Step Two: We then select data from these observations. There are certain messages that are focused on. Uniqueness and individuality begin to emerge here.

Step Three:  At this point, we add cultural and personal meaning to the message. It’s at this crucial point where we start to separate by regions and countries.

Step Four: We make assumptions based on the meanings that we have given. The first conscious decision process pushes the ego to the forefront and we give power to meaning.

Step Five: We draw conclusions. There is a finality emerging here that can be very challenging to change and adjust. Things become firm.

Step Six: Beliefs become adopted about the reality that one is involved in and they further stand apart from those of different beliefs. Based on the personality traits of the individual, positive debate or negative argumentation will result from conflict.

Step Seven: We finally take action and from our decisions and beliefs we mobilize ourself.

You can see that in step one, we are basically receptive and free to adjust anything during the incoming communication. but after that we become firmer and polarized. the challenge for the international person is to stay as close to step one as they can. Although most of us will always be judgmental to a certain point, we can train and condition ourselves to recognize when we separate from our fellow human beings from different countries and cultures and make a bridge for comprehension and further communication.

The idea is that we are different and that’s a good thing. But we must remember that we are conditioned to defend ours learned behavior and attack when encroached.

Having a sense of internationality, in this case, means a lower degree of judgement and a higher degree of inquisitiveness.

To pursue your internationality, get in touch with me at Astor ICS and let’s discuss your communication and international needs.


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