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THE IMPORTANCE OF NAVIGATING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND COMPREHENDING CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Abstract

Author(s): Filiz AKKILINÇ

This article seeks to provide an in-depth analysis on ‘Culture Shock.’ Focus will be channeled towards understanding how cultures vary and provide suggestions of overcoming the shock. In addition, the article will provide real-life experiences from different cultures to prevent any misunderstandings amongst cultures and promote cross-cultural communication. It is imperative to note that cultures are dissimilar. To this end, misunderstandings can be solved by being aware of the existence of cultural differences. This paper will provide examples from various countries and situations for readers not to misjudge, misunderstand, or even take things the wrong way, considering that we all have our own actions related to a particular culture. To prevent one from experiencing culture shock, individuals should learn more about the food, dressing codes, religion, politics, language of the locals, before visiting any country. Notably, every country has its own way of expressing body language, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact.

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