Identify your thinking accent?

18 Nov

This post is part of a series: Thinking Accent. This series is an attempt to explore the existence of our unique thinking style, which we lovingly call here as thinking accent, in each of us. First step was an overview of thinking accent, next is the identification of our own accent and last identifying others. You might say, “why should I care about thinking accent?”. Well, honestly you must. Like old sage advise, “look not only what is being said but also who is saying it.”. It is the “look who is saying” part that has a flavor of unique thinking accents.

Here is this part. 


Key to understanding others thinking accent is to first understand your own. Here are few ways to identify one’s own thinking accent.

Know who you are: 

Umezawa suggests that introspection is extremely important to identify moral, social and personal values that we are composed of. Talking about our old values and their usefulness in a new environment he recommends, “I think we don’t need to discard any of our old values, just keep them.”  

You are the only one:

Umezawa suggests, “Consider yourself an individual. Culture influences but it does not totally define you.” Considering ourselves independent of our culture would help identify our own uniqueness. Each one of us responds to his or her cultural, social, moral and psychological influences very individually.

Know what is expected from you:

 “You need to have the maturity and ability to understand how you are being perceived and then adjust your words and actions so that you are communicating the right kind of message,” says Angela Corriero, a communication expert based in Toronto, who has helped the South Korean army to effectively communicate with US forces, Ms. Corriero adds, “It’s almost like saying things in a way so that people can hear it through their accents.”   Now that we have some idea about ourselves we can explore how others think.




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