Cross-Cultural Conflict Management
August 17, 2017
by May Nor Clara Cheng
Interweaving with stories of her cross-cultural experiences in three countries, Cheng contends that the context of conflict management is the emotional wholeness of a cross-cultural worker. One of the two starting points of cross-cultural conflict management is self-awareness of the impact of one’s national character in their personality, especially in relevant to individualistic and collectivistic cultures. The other one is the understanding of the conflict dynamics and the issues in cross-cultural conflicts. For cross-cultural workers from an individualistic cultural background, the core lesson is to move their social life and conflict management from a self-centered orientation towards more of a communal life orientation.
How Does Spirituality Connect with Conflict Resolution?
The approach of spirituality in cross-cultural conflict management must be psycho-spiritual. The keys to spirituality amidst various conflicts are: self-awareness and guarding of one’s own heart, intimacy with God, biblical self-esteem and social boundary, humility and meekness, gentleness and calmness, fear of God instead of fear of human being. They will be able to rejoice that they belong to God and that they are worthy to suffer for Christ. Resilience in intimacy with God is the very key to growth for the cross-cultural workers during and after conflicts.
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