The Worldview Gap

Usually everyone moves along, with the newcomer working out how to cope with differences. That is, until something happens. It may be a missed deadline, confusing lines of communication, or outright conflict. A problem hits. Someone bristles at an offense the offender does not comprehend. The effect is bigger than it seems like it should be, to one or the other party. Sometimes everyone is confused. What happened?

Often, at the core of the mishap is cultural worldview. Communication may be to blame where multiple cultures intersect, but inaccurate assumptions are just as likely. This is where understanding Worldview becomes critical. 

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A newcomer to the United States carries much more than language, customs, and behaviors. They will need to learn much more than these systems and relational networks to truly adapt. (That is, if they want to acculturate, or “truly adapt.”) They will have to dig down deep, to understand more about the values and beliefs that make the others around them tick. This can be a stressful process, and may span many years.

But what about the native-born Americans? From the other side, they can learn more about worldview, as well. Newcomers in the neighborhood, at work, or at school need relationships and are worth knowing.