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This book of structured activities for use in teaching about culture, ethnicity and diversity comprises easy-to-use classroom and training exercises that are both engaging to participants and effective as learning tools. The contributors offer tools to those teachers and trainers who strive to increase understanding of and communication between ethnic and racial groups. The book is arranged so that users may easily draw upon the activities to involve students and bring abstract concepts into the realm of the students' own experiences.
Chapter 21: Accuracy of Interpersonal Perception
Accuracy of Interpersonal Perception
It is no great trick to predict accurately how others are going to respond when we are communicating with people who are pretty much like us. The well-known process of projection—assuming that our own attitudes, beliefs, values, feelings, and behaviors are also typical of the other—will seem to serve us well. We project our attributes onto the other. This is a common enough process, and it works reasonably well in circumstances where people are fairly similar to each other. For example, if we share the same cultural heritage, grew up in the same community, and have gone to the same schools and churches, we may be able to predict accurately many characteristics of one another with a ...