Safe Space Report

Topics: Culture, The Big Bang Theory, Leonard Hofstadter Pages: 6 (1710 words) Published: January 9, 2013
2.The Big bang Theory, series 1 episode 14 – The Nerdvana Annihilation 3.Literature
4.Observation of The Big Bang episode
5.Analysis of The Big Bang episode
7.Reference list


The purpose of this report is to determine whether or not the environment within an episode of the television series “The Big Bang Theory” is considered a safe space. Understanding the connection between cultural capabilities with the ability to function effectively in a cross cultural community will determine if individuals within the series have cultural intelligence. In order for this to be achieved everyone must possess a certain amount cultural self-awareness (Matsumoto 2007).

Awareness and acceptance of cultural differences and an understanding of one’s own cultural values, knowledge and experiences makes a person feel empathy for other cultures. Recognising that people from different cultures may have different way of communicating, behaving, interpreting and problem solving helps to accept the cultural differences by having the ability to adapt to the situation, enabling people to interact in a safe and happy environment (De Long 1997).


The space consists of four characters Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon Cooper, Howard Wolowitz and Rajesh Koothrappali; they all appear to be friends. The scene is located in a building apartment. The atmosphere appears to be comfortable and everyone, apart from one of the friends is seemingly happy. Sheldon Cooper is complaining about the sandwich. “Turkey and roast beef with swiss and lettuce on whole-wheat. It’s the right ingredients but in the wrong order. In a proper sandwich the cheese is adjacent to the bread to create a moisture barrier against the lettuce. They might as well have dragged this thing through a car wash” The Big Bang Theory (2008).

Sheldon then puts his sandwich down with some force; he has the attention of both Cal and Rajesh. The tone of the voice remains the same and there is no personal contact. Leonard, Cal and Rajesh do not react to Sheldon’s behaviour and there are no obvious signs of any physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual harm.

Leonard and Sheldon are physicists, colleagues, best friends and roommates. Their friendships along with all the other members appears to be tested primarily by Sheldon's behaviour, as they did not react surprised or alarmed by the current situation suggests that they have experienced Sheldon’s behaviour before. Because of Sheldon’s strict attention to routine and total lack of social skills may indicate that he has Asperger’s syndrome, or possibly a compulsive personality disorder. However the series does not state that Sheldon has been diagnosed with either. His friends demonstrate that they are cultural intelligent by tolerating his behaviour, making the situation manageable. LITERATURE:

In the Neville and Wilson report (2009) cultural safety first requires people to reflect upon their own values, beliefs, and practices and how these may impact upon other cultural societies. Acknowledging that your views may impact on their personal ideals, while being mindful not to impose personal views on others, is a culturally safety requirement.

To determining if the environment is culturally safe their needs to be evidence of any physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual harm (Holly. et al. 2005). Observing the atmospheres, body language and the verbal communication between the people involved, whilst also having an understanding that a safe space does not necessarily means that everybody is confortable and can often be challenging (Holly, et al. 2005).

Safe space does not remove conflict; it does however regulate the environment, therefore making the space more manageable this enables individuals...
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