meus intuitus

psychology of groups, travel, and world view

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I read a great section in the book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, that talked about how exposing different groups of people to each other does not guarantee that they will like each other. As it turns out, the conditions of the interaction are greatly important. In conditions of competition–such as the traditional classroom where students try to show their knowledge or avoid appearing stupid in front of their peers, ethnic groups can grow apart and resentful of one another. However, there was a study done with students in summer camps where two groups of students lived in different cabins developed rivalries. These rivalries were subsequently overcome by cooperative situations–where they had to work together to mutual benefit.

I realized a correlate to my experiences abroad. I am lucky in that medical school electives are work-driven (as opposed to pleasure-driven) and this gave me the opportunity to work with the local people. Working side-by-side, I became familiar with them not as providers of service (as is more typical in tourism) but as equals striving for a common goal (patient care).


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May 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

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