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About This Week’s GuestNeil Aggarwal

Dr. Neil Aggarwal

Neil Krishan Aggarwal is a cultural psychiatrist.

He is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, member of the university’s Committee on Global Thought, and Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

His research focuses on conceptions of culture and psychology in clinical and forensic mental health settings.

“Violence is an expression of anger. And that differs per culture.”

His tips to become more culturally competent is:

  1. Allow yourself to have emotions about the other culture.
  2. Try not to say what comes to mind straight away. Give it some time. Only then respond.
  3. Allow yourself to be curious. You will learn something new.

Interview Links

Links that are mentioned in this episode:

  • email: [email protected]
  • Books by Neil Aggarwal (Mental Health in the War on Terror: Culture, Science, and Statecraft. (2015) and The Taliban’s Virtual Emirate: The Culture and Psychology of an Online Militant Community. (2016))

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Chris Smit

I'm passionate about Cultural Difference. I have been helping organizations save time and money when they work Internationally for the last 19 years. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide. It has made me understand my own culture much better, and appreciate the differences around the world.
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