Everyone views the world through his or her own cultural lens, so it’s natural that people can interpret behaviors and communication in vastly different ways. When trying to communicate across cultures, it’s helpful to be open to understanding different points of view and to put yourself in the other person’s shoes to see his or her perspective.
As you travel abroad and interact with people from a variety of different cultures, seemingly simple interactions can contain many layers of meaning. Understanding how others see the world provides you with the ability to adjust your perspective and can increase your capacity for empathy. Both of these skills are tremendously helpful when you’re dealing with difficult questions.