Cultural Summary: Summary

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Culture is just one of the many influences on human behavior. Americans entering Pakistan will likely be more effective in their missions if they can avoid social blunders, and develop a sensitivity to proper behaviors and ways of doing things. Many Pakistanis already know something about American customs, but many others do not. In either case, Americans should not assume that whatever they do will always be acceptable, or that their actions can always be explained away as the result of ignorance or cultural unawareness. The best way to avoid social blunders is to show respect for the dignity of the individual and another way of life. Sensitivity to proper behavior and gestures will help Americans understand why Pakistanis act as they do and will also assist in working side-by-side with the Pakistani people.

Follow this link for a printable list of Do's and Don'ts. This list is a summary of what you have learned as appropriate and inappropriate behaviors and etiquette throughout the lessons in this training. Use this list as a reminder of proper behavior as well as what to avoid.


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