DEVELOPING INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCES TO DIMINISH THE THREAT OF INTERCULTURAL CONFLICT RISE

Aušra Stepanovienė

Abstract


Each country’s culture consists of a mosaic of specific ethnic subcultures. Each of these cultures has its value and standard systems, patterns of behaviour and worldview. Thus, it is no surprise that people representing various cultural groups inevitably conflict. This article discusses the nature of intercultural conflicts, the reasons of their rise and their types. Although often the difference of cultures is emphasized as a substantial reason of intercultural conflicts, in real life communicating individuals who differ by their character features and their cultural and intellectual levels cause conflicts. Besides, quite a vital social phenomena as superstitions exists – a tendentious and hostile preconceived attitude. Superstitions have a big emotional critical mass, which place phenomenon in a twisted light and form a negative aggressive outlook of them. Superstitions stimulate negative forms of internecine communication which spill out into ethnic and intercultural conflicts. A proper attention for the acquisition of intercultural competences can become an effective assumption to suppress intercultural conflicts and to stimulate a complete communication and collaboration of representatives from different cultures.


Keywords


intercultural competences; different cultures; intercultural conflicts; behaviour

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13165/PSPO-20-25-25

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