Expat culture shock

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John Tenniel's illustration of Alice meeting the Dodo in Wonderland Culture shock

Culture shock and reverse culture shock If you’ve never experienced culture shock, try imagining that you are Alice in Lewis Carroll’s books, ”Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and ”Through the Looking-Glass”. They provide perfect descriptions of the many emotions that swirl around when in the midst of culture shock. It was … Read More

Renaming culture shock

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Two cute kittens in a fish bowl.

It’s not ‘culture shock’! Now that I have been in the midst of {Culture Shock} for 8 months – I can confidently say we need to change this label. The words culture shock don’t really convey what is actually happening. Culture Shock versus Cultural Adaptation Transition Syndrome CATS I am … Read More

Culture shock in children

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Toddler girl covering her eyes culture shock in children

On the whole, most children are more resilient to change than adults. However, culture shock can strike children in its own special way. Depending on your child, you may have different experiences of course, and your child will indicate culture shock in different ways. Watch out for changes in behaviour, … Read More

Dealing with culture shock

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Three women friends taking a photo of themselves. Make new friends to help cope with culture shock.

Coping with culture shock Culture shock can be debilitating. As I mentioned previously, culture shock tends to hit the non-working partner harder than other members of the family. It’s harder because the one who’s working has an instant ‘life’ through work. Even if that doesn’t lead to real friendships, it … Read More

Minimizing culture shock in both parent and child

Carole Hallett MobbsChallenges & difficulties, Culture shock, Expat Kids, Homesickness, Preparation & Planning, Reverse culture shock4 Comments

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Parents and child with books researching new home. Minimise culture shock by preparing

Coping strategies for culture shock Expat parents and children can experience culture shock on more than one occasion. The obvious time for culture shock to strike is when one moves to a new country. The less obvious, but equally troublesome time, is when one returns back to the home country … Read More

The culture shock graph

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Culture shock graph with more information

Cultural adaptation Further to my generalised article about culture shock, I decided to expand on certain aspects of this expat-relevant condition. As mentioned before, culture shock may hit you at a certain point of your stay in your new country; this may be instant, it may take about six months … Read More

Culture shock. What is it?

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Culture shock words over a split in the ground caused by an earthquake

What is the definition of culture shock? According to the Oxford Dictionary, culture shock is defined as: Noun: the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes. Culture shock is a condition that affects expats when … Read More