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Profile of an intercultural (professional) attitude

The most important aspect of an intercultural attitude is the conviction that diversity and co-operation are vital conditions for a sustainable society.

A person with a good (effective) intercultural attitude:

  1. is capable of seeing others as human beings, rather than as representatives of a culture
  2. can manage feedback and is capable of a critical analysis of his own intercultural (professional) attitude (self-reflection)
  3. is capable of a critical analysis of his own communication and the wording used
  4. is capable of having a reciprocal (critical) discussion, of being effectively convincing and of a willingness to be convinced, in which well-balanced relationships, humanity and justice form the fundamental values
  5. attempts to explain himself, to understand the other person and to empathise with the other person
  6. is curious after unfamiliar customs, meanings and opinions
  7. is capable of verbalising and clarifying his own customs and opinions
  8. is capable of switching communication levels (content, connection, condition) and to react from several perspectives (political, philosophical, conceptual, personal, bird's eye view, concrete, abstract, and so on)
  9. recognises and is capable of contributing to breaking through typically culturalistic communication patterns, such as
    • the us-them pattern
    • avoidance
    • aggression (intimidation, humiliation, violence, discrimination, metaphorical accusations of discrimination, acting out and excluding)
  10. is capable of discussing pros and cons of various cultural phenomena, customs and traditions, both his own and those of others
  11. attempts to spot self-evidences within himself and within others and to bring them up for discussion
  12. discerns the connection between the view of diversity and attitude
  13. recognises culturalism and the culture excuse and can bring it up for discussion
  14. is able to make choices, set limits and be assertive
  15. acknowledges (or can contribute to the development of) fundamental human rights
  16. strives for well-balanced and transparent relationships
  17. has knowledge of and can contribute to intercultural conflict mediation.