If You’re Bicultural, You Can Make it Work to Your Advantage

Bicultural

There are many advantages to being bicultural. Studies have shown that biculturals are more creative and enjoy greater professional success. One of the reasons for the advantage may be that exposure to diverse beliefs and worldviews enables biculturals to consider different perspectives. This can … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Improve Your Cultural Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence

Picture this - you’re introduced to the CEO of a French start-up that your company is in the process of acquiring. The CEO grabs your hand and leans in for some repeated lip action on your cheeks. His breath has a hint of garlic and something else you can’t identify. His grip on your hand is lasting … [Read more...]

Intercultural Communication: It Takes Two to Tango

Intercultural communication

Intercultural communication is what you do when you talk to someone from a different culture. Some people are better intercultural communicators than others. What does it mean, that they're better? You’ve probably heard the saying “It’s all about the people you know.” Relationships can help you … [Read more...]

Cross-Cultural Competence: Engage People from any Culture

cross-cultural competence

Cross-cultural competence refers to your ability to understand people from different cultures and engage with them effectively. And not just people from the one culture that you’ve studied for years. Having cross-cultural competence means you can be effective in your interactions with people from … [Read more...]

Trouble Understanding Others? Read More Fiction

understanding others

Looking for an excuse to read more fiction? Fiction reading can help with understanding others. A recent study shows that children who read more fiction stories are better at inferring what other people are thinking and feeling. Being good at understanding others is important, not just for … [Read more...]

Respect for Arab Crowds

Arab Protests, Martyrs' Square, Beirut

Direct displays of respect can reduce conflict in Arab protests, where a premium is placed on honor. Such displays enable people in potentially volatile crowd situations to accrue honor while avoiding risks associated with violent confrontation. These conclusions are based on studies of Arab … [Read more...]

Gain Cognitive Flexibility By Seeking Experiences that Test Your Morals

Cognitive Flexibility

A family eats their dog after it has been run over by a car. Is this behavior right or wrong? Our lives are filled with moral questions. Some of them we don’t have to deliberate over very long. Most Americans say it’s “wrong” to eat dogs without much deliberation. That’s because there’s agreement … [Read more...]