What was your cross-cultural training like in PC? You probably learned about differences and similarities and needed to make some generalizations. Is it ok to generalize? I think so as long as you use them very cautiously and are aware of the limitations of generalizations. That means apply them carefully and regard them somewhat skeptically. Generalizations are neither always accurate nor reliable but it is not possible to talk about a group without using generalizations.

If we over-generalize, we need to be cautious about stereotyping– which is to develop a fixed, unvarying idea, usually an oversimplified opinion, belief about a person or a group (for example, All US Americans are always direct). So looking back did your PC experience reinforce your stereotypes or not? Do you tend to make generalizations about the culture you lived in?