Personal Communicative Activity in a Cultural Adaptation Process

Abstract

The personal activity problem is connected with the increasing speed of society life, communication capabilities, which form a special person's relationship with other people and objective reality. On the one hand, it helps to ensure that the person has more resources and ways of self-realization. But at the same time such a high-speed and full of requirements reality becomes the cause of passivity, infantilism of an individual, who prefers not really to act, but only to serve illusory. A genuine dialogue is replaced by surface contacts that do not require a deep sense of trust in the communication. The results of this activity's study in the People's Friendship University of Russia (Moscow, Russia) show that the sense of alienation in the cultural sphere demonstrates the importance of cognitive "us" and "them" categorization for a more successful cultural adaptation. Feeling of homesickness and own uselessness in a new social situation indicate, that the aggregate internal cognitive and emotional causes lead to the dreams of returning home, where people feel their own importance, from the actual situation of failure in a foreign country. Chinese students in Moscow show a great need to communicate with the Russian and experience a sense of recovery, when they feel their own importance and the fact that "they've been noticed". This is contrary to the Russian students opinion that the Chinese are accustomed to only communicate with their countrymen and do not feel the need to communicate with other cultures. Emerging communication barriers need professional psychological intervention.



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Tatiana Pilishvili, People’s Friendship University of Russia, Russia

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Conference: ACP2013
Stream: Psychology

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