Intercultural Relationship

Intercultural Relationship

Ralph Alfaro

28 October 2008

Comm 110

Assignment 4 Midterm

Interpersonal Communication is one fundamental basis of human existence. We as people use communication in our everyday lives. Whether it is to convey something we our thinking inside our heads or to gain something we ultimately desire. As humans we all have individual needs and by actively communicating we fulfill those needs and become satisfied beings. Through communication, physical, identity, social and practical needs can be fulfilled, leading a person to live a well-balanced life. If satisfied these needs potentially lead to better health as well as a complete understanding of self. Strong relationships can be developed through communication and with everyday use people can gradually build a complete understanding of what exactly constitutes them.

1. Culture
A. The language, values, beliefs, traditions, and customs people share and learn. Often viewed as a matter of perception and definition.
B. When a person identifies himself or herself as a member of a particular culture they must possess certain qualities, which makes them a part of that specific culture. In addition, a member must identify the qualities, which are attributed to their culture and categorize others who do not possess the same qualities outside of their culture.
C. A good application of this concept to my life is my membership in a fraternity. As a member of a fraternity, I have become a part of a private culture, which possesses its own qualities and traits. Every member of my fraternity possesses similar qualities and knowledge which makes us all collaboratively our own culture. We identify those outside our culture by not possessing similar characteristics or qualities. Although we do not discriminate against anyone, we identify people as non-members and of a different category.

To better understand the systematic process of communication, member of different cultures must...

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