Many of us tend to judge other groups of people according to the pre-established standards given by our culture. When people compare their culture to others, they often conclude that their own group is superior (Excellence in business communication, Ninth Edition). We are ethnocentric when we use our cultural norms to make generalization about other people’s cultures and customs. Ethnocentric thinking causes us to make wrong assumptions about other people, it leads sus to make premature judgments.
There are some simple habits that can help us overcome ethnocentrism:
– Avoid Assumptions. Don’t forget that people from different culture would have other customs, beliefs, values or traditions that we should respect.
– Learn about other cultures. Research about traditions and lifestyle from another countries; when you keep an open mind to new or different things its easy to learn appreciate culture diversity.
– Avoid judgments.When people around you act differently, do not assume they are making a mistake. Learn to appreciate differences.
– Be respectful. Keep in mind the golden rule. “Treat people the way you want to be treated”
Many problems around the world could be avoid if we follow those basics principles.