Can We All Get Along?

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 6:09 pm (UTC+0)
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An important part of life is being able to get along with each other.  But conflicts and misunderstandings, unfortunately, do happen.  While resolving disagreement and discord can be difficult for even those of us who share a common nation, language or culture, doing so between people who don’t share such commonalities can be even harder.

How can we achieve cross-cultural understanding?  What do we need to know to bring people with different backgrounds together?

A new international study led by University of Maryland Psychology Professor Michele Gelfand may provide some insight and explain these differences that could bridge the gaps and help us better understand people of all backgrounds and cultures.

Dividing countries into those that tend to have restrictive societies and others with less restrictive societies, Professor Gelfand and her colleagues looked at the differences and similarities of nations, the factors that determine how permissive a country is,  and – in the end – how we might better learn to get along with each other.

This weekend, on the “Science World” radio program, Professor Gelfand talks about this study and tells us that the more threats a society has been exposed to, the more likely it is to be restrictive.

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Rick Pantaleo maintains the Science World blog and writes stories for VOA’s web and radio on a variety of science, technology and health topics. He also occasionally appears on various VOA programs to talk about the latest scientific news. Rick joined VOA in 1992 after a 20 year career in commercial broadcasting.

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2 Responses to “Can We All Get Along?”

  1. Benjamin says:

    We can get along it takes tolerance and love we have more similarities than difference we all want the same things in life to be accepted,respected by someone.We have to communicate with each other and accept the different cultures where we come from.Tolerance and Love come from the heart.

  2. lalala says:

    i strongly believe that love wil be the medicine too our hatred