Culture is a constructed view of the world that guides how we interact, and function in relation to other people. Culture is a framework that forms the basis of our belief system and is essential for guiding our behavior. Culture is primarily expressed in values, norms and traditions.
Values are held beliefs and are expressed in how we evaluate our environment and make decisions.
Norms are based in our values and are expressed in our daily actions and behaviors.
Traditions are repeated activities that are support our group cohesiveness and may be unique to our group.
Worldview is a collective of cultures that share many aspects in common. For example: The Western worldview is held by technologically developed countries in the western hemisphere.
Ethno-centricity is the natural preference to live and interact with others who believe as we do. Ethno-centric attitudes provide a stabilizing force especially at times when our worldview feels threatened, a common reaction that occurs when we are exposed to a new culture.
Becoming Multi-Cultural happens when we can transcend our cultural viewpoint and develop the capacity to view the world through the cultural framework of another group. Being immersed in another culture is both difficult and rewarding. It can be a traumatic experience even when it is experienced by choice. Immersion without choice, (i.e., the refugee experience), is almost always a traumatic experience.