Perceptions Behaviorism - Cross Cultural Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:

Unfortunately such misunderstandings commonly erupt into violence. One has but look at the conflict that has occurred in Palestine for thousands of years to understand that cultural disagreements and right to ownership is a constant source of behavioral and cultural tension among peoples. Multiple factors motivate such tribes to fight for what they believe is legally or rightly theirs, particularly religious and strong cultural beliefs.

Problems often ensue when one group is unwilling to compromise on their stand or on their values, cognitions and motivation for pursuing a particular claim. In the case of the Assam tribal feud for example, varying militia groups have become involved in the conflict, claiming to represent either the Karbis or the Dimasas. Unfortunately in many cases like this the innocent again often end up severely injured or dead. Most of the dead reported in Assam include women and children or the elderly.

In this particular case feud survivors are now fleeing and in search of physical security in the face of increasing military armament and disagreement. People living within the area live in constant fear of recurring attacks, food shortages and other problems associated with long-term cultural clashes.

Conclusions Recommendations

Cultural conflicts and misunderstandings commonly occur within homogenous populations and among people of varying cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Many times the source of conflict is a simple lack of understanding, knowledge or communication between two or more groups.

This is demonstrated in part by the abhorrent treatment U.S. soldiers delivered to Arab prisoners in Abu Ghraib. In this case lack of sensitivity toward some Arab cultural beliefs contributed to a problem that had already received too much press and had gotten out of hand. Sensitivity training and diversity training may have alleviated some of the harsh consequences faced by soldiers acting in this situation.

Other times a clash exists between minority groups and the population at large. In the case of suicide bombers few would argue that the actions of suicide bombers is forgivable or justifiable. In most cases these actions are largely considered acts of terror. But the individuals participating in suicide bombings are often motivated and influenced by strong cultural and religious beliefs. Some groups as pointed out in the article, including members of the Hamas believe that they will enjoy many rewards in the afterlife for their actions. This case demonstrates how some motivations and beliefs may be displaced, but still result in grave social and worldwide consequences.

In still other cases cultural classes occur within a more homogenous group. Intracultural conflicts are common and usually result when varying tribes within a similar culture do not agree or share the same values and beliefs. This is the case among the tribes in Assam, South Asia where varying tribe members are now engaging in battle to assert their authority over tribal and cultural practices. In these cases unfortunately cultural conflicts often result in militant activities and violence. Such violence more often than not does not solve the problems occurring within the cultures, but often results in harm to innocent victims and the deaths of women, children and the elderly.

These articles clearly demonstrate the need on several levels for more cross cultural understanding and training. Perhaps the first place to start with such training is the military, as more often than not military members are involved in cross cultural conflicts. Sensitivity and diversity training as well as greater attention toward communication might enable better collaboration and more willing participation among groups even when differences of beliefs or opinions exist. This in turn may reduce the level of violence currently associated with inter and intracultural differences and problems.


Bhaumik, S. (2005 - Oct). "Thousands flee Assam tribal feud." BBC News, Guwahati.

23, Oct. 2005:

Cataloguing U.S. abuses." (2004 - Dec). BBC News. October 23, 2005:

Hawton, N. (2005 - Oct). "Suicide bombers' held in Bosnia." BBC News, Sarajevo.

Retrieved October 24, 2005:

Suicide Bombers." October 23, 2005:

Cross Cultural[continue]

Cite This Term Paper:

"Perceptions Behaviorism - Cross Cultural" (2005, October 24) Retrieved October 23, 2016, from

"Perceptions Behaviorism - Cross Cultural" 24 October 2005. Web.23 October. 2016. <>

"Perceptions Behaviorism - Cross Cultural", 24 October 2005, Accessed.23 October. 2016,

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Behaviorism in the 20th Century System of

    Behaviorism in the 20th Century System of Psychology Behaviorism The purpose of this work is to provide an outline of Behaviorism, which, is a major system of psychology in the 20th Century. Further the work will provide a substantive treatment of the supportive and critical perspectives associated with the system. Finally this work will include the applications of dualistic activity vs. monistic passivity, source of knowledge: self-generative vs. sensory and mentalism vs.

  • HRM s Emerging Role as Cultural

    Give profile to people in the organization who are high performers and who also use the policies to create a view that success and work-life balance can go hand in hand. Organize some social functions at times suitable for children as well as adults and specifically invite the employees' family members. Introduce awards for managers or supervisors nominated by employees for having provided an environment where both employees' work

  • Group Therapy and Treatment of Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors

    Group Addiction TX Theory Selection The Psychodynamic Model The Behaviorists The Cognitive Model The Humanistic Model Theory Analysis Ethical and Cultural Considerations Group Development Personal Model Psychology has a long tradition of interpreting human behavior across different paradigms. The current paper investigates a method of incorporating four main psychological paradigms: psychoanalytic, behaviorist, cognitive, and humanist, into group counseling treatment for addictions and compulsive behaviors. Each paradigm is briefly discussed then the integration of aspects from theoretical models that spring

  • Psychology Is an Important Field of Study

    Psychology is an important field of study mainly because it can be used to enhance the lives of people as it increases an individual's level of self-understanding, well-being, and quality of relationships. The main reason for the impact of psychology on people's lives is because this field focuses on describing, explaining, predicting, and controlling the mental and behavioral processes of an individual. As a broad field of study, the field

  • Philosophical and Empirical Foundations of

    Behaviorism Behaviorism sought to understand observable behavior instead of the workings of the mind or even its functions. Some psychologists even insisted that psychology was the science of behavior. Watson denied the existence of a separate realm of conscious events. The purpose of Behaviorism, according to John Watson, was to predict and control behavior by understanding the effect of the environment on one's behavior. Watson was also influenced by Locke's blank

  • Behavior Therapy

    Evolution and Development of Behavioral Therapy The 20th century approach to psychology is notable because, while there was an emphasis on the medical approach to treating psychological disorders, there was also a focus on nonphysiological therapies that began to gain some credence in the medical profession. While nonmedical interventions were generally dismissed, "at least some nonmedical practices were no longer widely regarded by either professionals or the general public as

  • Psychology the Field of Psychology An Overview

    Psychology The Field of Psychology: An Overview of Foundations, Influence and Pertinence in Today's World One of the most fascinating and complex fields of study in today's scientific world is psychology, the scientific examination of human behavior. Psychologists, as professionals, can prove to be an extremely useful resource, especially since mental disorders tend to be just as complicated as physical disorders, and, often, much less apparent. The field of psychology has grown tremendously

Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved