Reflective Writing # 2 Essay

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Reflective Writing # 2 (Verbal and non-verbal)

Reflective Writing Two
A. Verbal
1. What labels, that you dislike, have been applied to you or to groups (for example: ethnic, social, cultural, professional, etc.) to which you belong? Explain how the labels have or have not affected you. One ethnic label that I dislike is the term “Chino” or “Chinks.” I do not like to be referred to as Chinese as Hmong people are not Chinese (people like to use it even though they know that Hmong people are not Chinese). Neither do I like for people to label me by my eyes (in fact, I do not believe that I have small chinky eyes). Although I do not like this label, it hardly affects me at all because it’s not an accusatory label; no one is
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Verbal Gender and Cultural Differences
When communicating verbally, men tend to seek and offer solutions, while women tend to focus on empathy, according to John Gray, author of the best-seller "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus." This is a reflection of the fact that men ore more goal-oriented while women are more relationship-oriented, according to Gray. Gender communication differences extend to non-verbal communication as well. People from different cultures also differ in how they express themselves, even when the literal meanings of words are translated into the native language of the listener. For example, in some cultures "yes" can mean "maybe," while in other cultures the word "yes" can be considered a binding commitment, reports Marcelle E. DuPraw of the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, and diversity awareness consultant Marya Axner.

Non-Verbal Gender and Cultural Differences
Women tend to be better at interpreting non-verbal messages than men, according to the website Body Language Expert. Men are also less adept at sending subtle non-verbal messages. Cultural differences in non-verbal communication can create misunderstandings--for example, among North Americans, nodding the head means "yes," while among Japanese, it means merely "I'm listening" according to Wang De-hua and Li Hui of the Ningbo Institute of Technology.

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