The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

What does 'Reverse Culture Shock' mean?

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

Reverse Culture Shock

feelings of confusion and anxiety experienced when returning to your home culture. This often comes as a surprise and can be anxiety provoking. When people move to a new culture they expect things to be new and different but when they return home they expect things to be the same and they aren’t. Even they themselves have changed. They have a broader world view and see many ways of doing things, not just one right way.

Reverse culture shock has all the stages of regular culture shock – fun or ‘honeymoon’ stage, fight or flight stage, and gradual adjustment.

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Chapter 4: Fish Out of Water
"...Reverse Culture Shockapted 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 a ..."
"...Reverse Culture Shock 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, and ..."

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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 ▫ ..."
"...Reverse Culture Shockd 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 lovely ..."

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