The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

What does 'Rootlessness' mean?

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

Rootlessness

TCKs feel a sense of rootlessness because they do not have a real sense of where home is. It is not a geographical place but an emotional one. It may be where their relationships are and not where their possessions are. They truly feel they belong everywhere but nowhere, all at the same time. The most difficult question for a TCK to answer is, "Where are you from?" or "Where is home?"

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"...to commit to one particular place before they have to pack up again and move to yet another, even if it is just going from host country to passport country for the summer and back again. Which one truly is “home”? This is part of what leads to the rootlessness and restlessness TCKs often experience. ..."

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"... to conceptualize it, they are likely to feel off-balance or out-of-sync as they strive towards adaptation in their new surroundings. - rootlessness - Too often, TCKs do not have the time they need to develop lasting relationships that affirm them or stay rooted long enough to develop a ..."
"...they belong everywhere and nowhere. Pieces of each place they have lived make up who they are, but the picture isn’t finished. They are constantly searching for the place they can truly call home. This sometimes leads to a pattern of what Dave Pollock and Ruth Van Reken call “rootlessness and restlessness.” ..."

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