Ethnocentrism does not allow an individual to see the unique value that other cultures may provide instead they make judgments towards other cultures based on their culture. These judgments they make can include language, behaviors, customs, and religion of a culture different from their own in which define a cultures identity. This leads an individual with an ethnocentrism attitude to make negative opinions, stereotypes, and behaviors towards cultures different from their own (Macionis, 2010).
This in turn causes conflict in intergroup communication and effects diversity, equality, and democracy negatively. This then leads to confusion and limits intercultural communication. Although ethnocentrism can help in constructing and maintaining ones cultural identity the negative effects outweigh the positive aspects (eHow.com, 2012).
Ethnocentrism can affect individuals in many ways. The misunderstandings that an individual has about ones culture could prevent them from hiring one from a different culture than theirs even though they may bring value to the job (Nauert PhD, R, 2010).
If an individual from another culture is misunderstood this often leads to stereo typing and causes the individual to perform poorly such as socially, academically, and occupationally and distrust people within that particular culture which may have lasting effects on the individual. Children can obtain ethnocentrism growing up based on perceptions they receive from their peers when growing up and usually follows them into adulthood (Nauert PhD, R, 2010).
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