Made Covid Easy: An Approach to Iceberg Model of Culture

Ever been in a situation where the circumstances are beyond your control. What could be a better example than the recent coronavirus pandemic. While the Pandemic took a toll on our everyday lives, our mental health was also at stake. But with adaptation and resiliency, many of us took over. From haircuts at home, ¬†cooking restaurant like food and work from home was made possible due to our own power of problem-solving and adaptation. Of course, for that, a positive mindset and thinking out of the box is crucial. It’s interesting to note here that the Iceberg Model of Culture comes as a hand. Its a logical tool to solve the intricate problem and discover one’s own behavioural pattern.

So what is the Iceberg model? The following image will help you understand the concept:

The Cultural Iceberg - YouTube

As you can see, the iceberg has a visible portion on the surface that is ten per cent. Up to ninety per cent of the ‘core’ of the iceberg is hidden under the water, that one fails to see.

Likewise, the culture around us and our behaviors constitute both visible and invisible forces. The visible part is what we can apparently see, for example, food, dressing and culture etc.

The invisible part that hides underwater is our values, beliefs, preferences and opinion.

Yet, we can not ignore the fact that it is co-exists. Hence it is imperative to dive beneath the surface and address the issues below the surface too. For example, recognizing freedom of speech, climate variation and gender equality etc., to reach the root cause of the problem. And based on that, one can mould one’s own behaviour and bridge the gap to empathize with others behaviors.

To understand the principle of ‘self’, let’s have a look at the three pillars of the iceberg model: Visible cultural practices, Patterns and habits and Mental model.

The mental model can be belief either about you or the world around you. If not handled well, these same beliefs can pave the way for anxiety, stress and other negative emotions. For example, You can not achieve a goal because you have limited yourself, and also, no one else around you has done it. However, by changing your mental model, you can pursue your dream. Therefore, we see how vital it is to change our mental model for positive perception.

So whenever in distress or unable to assess other’s point of view, a quick reminder of the Iceberg model of culture can help transform human behavior and help achieve long term goals.

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