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Misapprehension and Misconceptions

Posted on: 17 Jan 2018

January 17, 2018

Teacher: If I give you 2 cats, and another 2 cats and another 2, how many cats would you have?

Student: Seven

Teacher: No, listen carefully, If I give you 2 cats, and another 2 cats and another 2, how many cats would you have?

Student: Seven

Teacher: Let me put it you differently. If I give you 2 apples, and another 2 apples and another 2, how many apples would you have?

Student: Six

Teacher: Good. Now. If I give you 2 cats, and another 2 cats and another 2, how many cats would you have?

Student: Seven!

Teacher: Where in the heck do you get seven from?!

Student: Because I have already got a cat.

Such confusion between teacher and student arise since the teacher does not have clue on the existing cat which the student already have, but, the student is considering all the cats one have in one’s household due to the fact that the teacher failed to express and explain on what and how to deliver something in order to make the student understand better.

Both are true and correct, but what creates confusion and misunderstanding in here is that the intent of the teacher and how the student understands and interprets the intent of the teacher as well. In this case, there must be something that should connect the intent of the teacher and on how the student should realize such given intent than what the wordings deliver in which further explanations is required behind the intent, but such further explanation would not change anything on what the teacher tried to deliver since this does not change the end result on what the teacher wanted to deliver too. This costs and wastes time, energy and resources.

When we converse and communicate with other people, there are certain aspects which should be figured out otherwise people’s communication and interaction with other people could result in misinterpretations and misunderstandings since people have not figured out other aspects of other people or the other side of the mirror.

While one used to live in multicultural working environment, life was very challenging since living in multicultural environment, people from diverse background and experiences of life meet and work together. In such environments, peoples thinking, actions and reactions are understood and realized as per the context of other people exposures and experience, in which it is not what one intents and acts that matters, but on how other people understand and interpret on what one thinks and acts as well.

Every gesture has meaning in one culture where as every gesture may have no meaning in another culture as well. In this case, communication and interaction between people of diverse background is very tough, people should live with utmost care and precaution so that they live without being misunderstood and misinterpreted. This is one of the dramas of human way of life in which people face challenging aspects as they live and work with other people who dot belong to same culture ad way of life.

Misunderstanding and misinterpretations of peoples thinking and feelings is common not only in multicultural and diverse environment, but also, people of same culture, language and way of life do since it is one of challenges which people face in everywhere as matter of fact they live to clear and sort out such confusion and contradictions which they face in life. In such case, when people discuss and explain things further and more, they sort out where failures arise, and they deliver right solutions to the problems they face. This requires mindset and maturity.


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