Reflective Essay: The Role Of Personal Identity In Intercultural Communication

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As an International Relations major, when I first looked at the classes offered in the communication section, the name “Intercultural communication” stood out. I was expecting to learn a little bit about every culture: their religion, beliefs, language, mores, etc. I also expected a lot of international students in the class, and the teacher to be chill and open-minded. Gladly, the class exceeded all my expectations. I learned a lot about other cultures, but not in a superficial way, I came to understand why they act in a certain way. There were students from different countries, such as Sweden, Colombia, and Bermuda. Tina is very open-minded and knows a lot about how to “understand” someone because as she taught us, that person is the way she/he is because …show more content…
Identity gives us a sense of place and it’s our way to identify ourselves in relation to the world. Personal identity is our knowledge of ourselves, and our difference to others. We create a self-image and respond to it. This personal identity is created by our communication and by the groups and people we are associated with. The way we dress, our language and values all reveal who we are and influence our relationship with others. Due to that, we can have multiple identities throughout our life because we are in constant change. The personal identity taught me that the history of my family, the place I was born, my background and my family context, all were important factors that created my identity and through this, it affects the way I communicate and express myself to others. Second, high context communication which means that people who are considered high-context communicators tend to acquire information from the physical, social, and psychological context of an interaction. In other words, they use their environment and everything around them to understand the context of the conversation. Other characteristics are the rules of communication are implicit, and the frequent use of non-verbal elements

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