The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

What does 'Culture Shock' mean?

Find out what Culture Shock means. Culture Shock is explained by Tina L. Quick - author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

Culture Shock

“the feelings of confusion and anxiety experienced by somebody suddenly encountering an unfamiliar cultural environment.” Culture shock occurs when we enter a new country but can also be experienced when returning to the home country. This is often referred to as reverse culture shock. I like to refer to it as ‘transition shock’ because it is experienced whether the person is leaving or returning. Either way, it is a transition they are undertaking.

Culture shock has three distinct phases – the fun or ‘honeymoon’ stage, the fight or flight stage when the person is resisting adjustment, and the gradual adjustment stage.

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"...Culture Shockay be thinking about adults who move to a new culture for the first time and how difficult that is. So why don’t we make a big fuss over that? The answer is, we do. Adults go through major Culture Shock and they must go through a period of adjustment ..."

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"...Culture Shockn stage is also where Culture Shock begins to take place. The Encarta Dictionary defines Culture Shock as “the feelings of confusion and anxiety experienced by somebody suddenly encountering an unfamiliar cultural environment.” You may remember going through Culture Shock when you first moved abroad. You may even have had ..."
"...Culture Shockelow, adapted from L. Robert Kohl’s Survival Kit for Overseas Living, shows the stages of Culture Shock or country shock. When it is experienced upon repatriation it is often referred to as reverse Culture Shock or re-entry shock. Regardless of the name, the experience is the same whether you are ..."
"...Culture Shockhe story I tell in Chapter 1 about the man who warned me that I would experience Culture Shock when moving to Pakistan. What saved my marriage and family togetherness and kept us in-country was knowing (1) Culture Shock was going to happen and (2) I would get through it. ..."
"...Culture Shockowers us to overcome adversity. Knowing it will pass encourages us to be patient and look for resources to help us get through it. Families who understand that their repatriated child may experience reverse Culture Shock or transition shock can be on the ready to lend an ear, be empathetic, ..."
"...Culture Shocklleague who has lived and worked in European international schools for many years, says his family prefers to invite friends to come visit them when they start heading for that dip in the Culture Shock curve and find themselves beginning to get negative about their host country or new environs. ..."
"...Culture Shock Culture Shock in the transition stage may seem a bit daunting, but now that you are aware of these emotions and reactions, you won’t be so surprised when they come at you. They are to be expected. They will hit some students harder than others, but be assured, everyone ..."

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"...Culture Shocknexpected reality of having to deal with Culture Shock, particularly when it is their home country, the inability to connect with their domestic peers is one of the major preoccupations of TCKs. In a 1998 research study of 698 ATCKs, Ruth Useem and Ann Baker-Cottrell of San Diego State ..."

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"...Culture Shockto students at international schools, I highly encourage them to attend International Orientation. Some of you will be tempted to say that you are an American, Canadian, Brit, etc. and no one needs to teach you about your own country. But you are wrong! You are not a true American, ..."

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"... the transition process. Third Culture Person Dr. Rachel Limited Competencies Developing Competencies Reverse Culture Shock ▫ Experiences negative feelings toward home culture ▫ Longs for host culture experiences and relationships ▫ Disappointed in changes in home culture ▫ ..."
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"... Rarely experiences excessive homesick feeling ▫ Feels satisfied and comfortable in both home and host culture ▫ No symptoms of reverse Culture Shock apparent ▫ Enjoys fulfilling experiences in both cultures Reverse Culture Shock ▫ Enjoys learning more about home culture ▫ ..."
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"... satisfied and comfortable in both home and host culture ▫ No symptoms of reverse culture shock apparent ▫ Enjoys fulfilling experiences in both cultures Reverse Culture Shock ▫ Enjoys learning more about home culture ▫ Depends on new friends to help interpret social cues ▫ ..."
"...Culture Shockwe talked a lot about what to do when you are in that downward dip of reverse Culture Shock. Remember the family that would invite friends to come visit when they were feeling negative about their new host country? They would show their visitors around, taking them to all the ..."

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"...Culture Shock, people like me didn’t know we were global nomads or third culture kids; those terms hadn’t yet been popularized and disseminated. The idea of re-entry shock was nowhere on our horizon, and even the idea of Culture Shock wasn’t much discussed in the expatriate world. No one at SAS ..."

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