Tim Rettig

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Tim Rettig
Expat Life in Iran and Intercultural Communication Skills
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  • Intercultural Empathy: A Guide to Real Understanding Across Cultures 4 days ago Intercultural empathy is one of the key skills needed to develop a real understanding across cultures. Essentially, it consists of three dimensions: Cognitive empathy: the ability to put ourselves into the perspective of the other person and imagine how he or she perceives a particular situation...
  • Let's Talk About Harmony: A Guide to Collective Communication Environments 1 week ago Harmony is one of the most central ideas in many collective cultures. Recently, me and my classmates had an interesting conversation about a situation that happened in a class-setting. There was a professor who reacted very emotionally and defensively on any suggestion made by the students about...
  • 3 Steps Helping You to Deal With Your Own Ethnocentrism 2 weeks ago We are all affected by ethnocentrism. We simply can’t avoid it. And it doesn’t make sense to deny it. Ethnocentrism means that when we are looking at the behavioral patterns and beliefs from another culture, we are judging them based on the standards of our own cultural conditioning. One simple...
  • How to Create Balance Between Firmness of Character and Adaptability 2 weeks ago Are you more like the break-dancer, or are you more like the sumo-ringer? The break-dancer is flexible. He adjusts quickly to any music which is playing, and he can move his body in a large variety of ways. The sumo-ringer is firm. He can withstand any weight that is pressing on him and he has the...
  • The 10 Most Important Skills Needed for Intercultural Communication 2 months ago Intercultural communication is a highly complex skill that is divided into a large number of different sub-skills. While a blog post could never be enough to cover all of these sub-skills, I am trying to list the most important one’s in this article. At this point my goal is merely to draw your...

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