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Pretending the obvious doesn't exist fails

Pretending the obvious doesn't exist fails
January 11, 2011, 11:07:20 AM
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Toronto - Whether it's a company with local and ex-pat employees, countries in need of aid, or the elderly interacting with the young, a new research paper to be published in the journal Psychological Science says recognizing diversity can actually encourage people to help each other instead of sparking conflict.

"The standard assumption has been that group-based differences serve as the basis for distrust, disagreement, or dispute," says Geoffrey Leonardelli, a professor of management and psychology who co-authored the paper with Soo Min Toh, also a management professor at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

"However, we find that group-based differences can actually encourage cooperation across these group lines because they help to identify groups in need from groups that can give aid."

In two field studies, both looking at relations between local and foreign coworkers, the authors found that local employees were most apt to share work-related and cultural information with expatriate coworkers when they perceived their coworkers as foreigners. The authors argued that this effect occurred because recognizing expatriate and local differences helped locals become aware that their foreign coworkers had need for knowledge on the local culture, and that they as local employees were experts uniquely positioned to give it to them.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-01/uotr-ld011111.php

Still won't fix the problem, but not being in denial helps!

Re: Pretending the obvious doesn't exist fails
January 11, 2011, 11:55:56 AM
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"However, we find that group-based differences can actually encourage cooperation across these group lines because they help to identify groups in need from groups that can give aid."

In other word, targeting Whites for mandatory gravy-train donations isn't racist, it's goooood!

Re: Pretending the obvious doesn't exist fails
January 11, 2011, 02:53:29 PM
Help as such is only useful if learning or some other improvement takes place. But, this has not been the case for the most part. The improvements are the few exceptions. The group that does not need constant assistance would be better off dedicating their help to pushing their own into increased betterment. Why is society an overall failure? Liberalism.

Re: Pretending the obvious doesn't exist fails
January 13, 2011, 06:23:41 AM
Why is society an overall failure? Liberalism.


And you're into it by keeping this forum accessible for everybody on this planet.

Re: Pretending the obvious doesn't exist fails
January 13, 2011, 04:36:13 PM
What would you suppose we do then?

Re: Pretending the obvious doesn't exist fails
January 14, 2011, 11:57:10 AM
Reminds me of one my profs from last semester whom while discussing the issue of concentration of population into major cities claimed proudly that "while many cities view this as a problem, we here in Toronto see it as a maker of our diverse identity and a design challenge to be a destination for populations from all around the world."

I've never heard someone say this who also lived in the inner city, except in exclusive hoity-toity places.

If everyone's equal, and the classes are the same, and we're all in this together, etc. then move to a place where your money isn't protecting you.