distinguishing personality and temperament from cultural issues in relationships;verbal and non-verbal communication;ineffective and dysfunctional communication stances; including examples ofinadvertent culturally dysfunctional communication;
1. What is the difference between the terms, cross-cultural, multicultural, and diverse (or, cross-cultural-ism, multiculturalism, and diversity)?2. What is culture?3. What is culture made up of?4. What is culture for? What does culture serve?5. What has historically defined culture?6. What defines culture now?7. What makes a culture "successful?"8. What is the functional definition of culture?9. What is the challenge of cross-cultural or multicultural situations for an individual (whether a member of the couple, a neophyte, or a therapist with new clients)?10. What is the relationship between culture and society? Does cultural change cause change in society? Does society change cause cultural changes?11. What is the relationship between culture and couples or families? Does the culture that each member of the couple brings into the relationship define the couple and family? Do the needs of each member of the couple, the couple itself, and the family combine two create a new culture?12. How has societal and cultural change affected the family and couples dynamics?13. What is the normal speed historically of cultural change? What is the normal speed historically of societal change?14. What is the normal reaction historically of society to the need for change? What is the normal reaction of families to the need for change?15. Under stress, what is the normal reaction of individuals, couples, families, communities, and society?16. What is the relationship between the survival culture in a totalitarian society and the survival attitudes, beliefs, values, and behavior of an individual who has grown up in a dysfunctional and abusive family?17. What is the relationship between the survival and flourishment culture in a democratic society and the survival and flourishment attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors of an individual who has grown up in a functional and supportive family?18. What are the foundations to a successful cross-cultural relationship?