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In some cultures, a compromise is a sign of weakness

Dutch people dislike discord and arguments. Instead, they will often keep talking until a compromise has been reached. This kind of negotiating is known as the ‘polder model’. Each party waters down its position a little in order to find a solution that will please everybody. In the Netherlands, giving in like this is nothing to be embarrassed about, on the contrary: finding the happy medium is considered courageous. While in the Netherlands you will be admired for giving in, people in countries with a non-western culture will more likely take it as a sign of weakness.
This is just one typical cultural difference. Differences of this nature can seriously hinder solutions and emotional distress cases. The Culture Interpreter seeks to bridge the gaps between cultures, creating solutions acceptable to all parties involved.