A Correlation between practicing the Culture Bump Steps and Developing Cultural Humility.

Review your answers to 7 of the 8 Culture Bump Steps from the 8 Step Online Tool and answer the question about each step, using a scale of 1 to 5. Notice that the steps are ordered to explicitly explain the correlation between practicing the Culture Bump Steps and developing cultural humility.

1=Not really

2= A little

3= Yes

4= I really did/am

5= Wow—absolutely!

Remember, this is a life-long practice. You may have higher scores on some culture bumps than others, but you should see an increase the more you use the steps on the differences you encounter in your life.

Total Score: _________

1-10 Don't give up. Notice where your scores are highest and lowest. Remember, you are practicing actively reflecting.

11-20. You have started a foundation of being able to step outside of yourself and look at your own cultural groupings. Notice that there is less anxiety about differences.

21-29 You are really beginning to become conscious of your own values and beliefs and those of other people.

30-40. Now you will begin to see more and more possibilities of increasing your own ways of being and living from having culture bumps.

41-50. Enjoy your insights. Notice how they continue over the next several weeks.

Suggestions for Improving Your Scores

Look at the box(es) with your lowest scores and follow the suggestions for each of the boxes. It is a good idea to review the suggestions—even when you have good scores for the box.

Step One: Pinpoint the Culture Bump

One way to pinpoint the Culture Bump is to ask yourself these questions:

Who did what?



Is it

A different object?

A different behavior or action?

A different communication style or?

A different way to say something?

Steps Two & Three: Describe what the other person did & describe what you did

Step Six: Describe what you expect to do or others to do in that particular situation

One way to describe specific behaviors is to ask yourself these questions:

(1)Would I know that without being inside the. head or heart of the other person? If the answer is yes, your words are descriptive; if the answer is no, they are judgmental.

(2) Could my words have more than one interpretation? If the answer is yes, then they are probably descriptive.

Make sure you are not adding any thoughts or feelings in your description

Step Five: Find the universal situation in the culture bump

One way to find the universal situation is to remember to:

Stay on the step long enough to find a fairly specific situation. Don't worry about finding the perfect one; focus on the fact that every difference has more than one universal situation.

Step Seven: List the qualities that you feel that action demonstrates.

One way to find the qualities that you associate with the behavior(s) you described in step six is to:

Discuss this with people from your own background who agree with you and ask them how they would describe people who behave as you have described in step six.

Step Eight: Ask or think about how those qualities are demonstrated by other people.

One way to think about those qualities being demonstrated by other people is to remember to:

Not begin your conversation or reflection about the original bump.

This is about their understanding of a deeper meaning.

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