April 4, 2011
Patricia Perez, PhD
In this paper I shall try to explain myself on how I feel on the different topics of perceptions, attitudes, biases, and beliefs of culturally different groups to include other areas of my reactions to knowledge about values, practices, and experiences of individuals who are culturally different from me. What biases, perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs might you hold about culturally different groups? In every work environment there are different cultures of people working together for a common purpose of supporting themselves or a family, and as always there is a different in work ethnic among workers because of the different culture. Many times when more than one person of the same culture is working on the same job they seem to bond and become inseparable during the course of the job. Several times I was placed on a job where I would seem like the outsider. The same people you work with everyday seem to change once joined with others from their culture, the different conversation are carried on and not understanding what they are saying seems to bother me a lot, I have no idea if they are talking about me or the job, a weird feeling of guilt appears to come to me as I walk by them talking in a language that is not recognizable to me. The feeling of not being wanted or the feeling that you are being talked about, because every now and then they look at you and start laughing as if though you are the punch line of their jokes, it is just a weird feeling being the foreigner, but yet you work with the same people every day, and yet you get the feeling that you do not know them as well as you thought you knew them. How might attitudes or perceptions influence your interaction with individuals who are culturally different from yourself? The attitude I have against working with others from a different culture appears to be
References: American Psychological Association (2003, May). Guidelines on multicultural education, training, research, practice, and organizational change for psychologists. American Psychologist, 58(5), 377.