Difficult human types

The category of humans who are the least compatible with aliens, are the types that operate on beliefs and emotions. They are incapable of understanding aliens but they don’t realize it. Instead, they believe that the alien is doing something bad and causing them discomfort. That makes them very angry. You will benefit from recognizing this type of human as quickly as possible so that you can get away before becoming entangled. Who likes being misunderstood and judged?

      

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Cross cultural communication

A Vietnamese speaking friend asked me to explain the difference between “convention” and “convection”. After defining a couple of the meanings of “convention” and trying to explain the basic scientific nature of “convection”, he showed me the newspaper headline that he was trying to decipher. It read: “Wrongful Conviction”.

It reminded me of how much of what we say is open to misinterpretation and misunderstanding. We are misunderstood far more often than we realize because all communication is, in fact, cross cultural.

The conscientious alien

I often notice how my thinking, my frame of reference, is different from folks around here. Many times I feel uncertain and I don’t know if I understand what people are saying or not. That is the plight of the conscientious alien.

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