Thursday, January 20, 2011

culture shock?

Culture shock is the difficulty people have adjusting to a new culture that differs markedly from their own.
The shock of moving to a foreign country often consists of distinct phases, though not everyone passes through these phases and not everyone is in the new culture long enough to pass through all five. There are no fixed symptoms ascribed to culture shock as each person is affected differently.

Transition shock

Culture shock is a subcategory of a more universal construct called transition shock. Transition shock is a state of loss and disorientation predicated by a change in one's familiar environment which requires adjustment. There are many symptoms of transition shock, some which include:
  • excessive concern over cleanliness and health
  • feelings of helplessness and withdrawal
  • irritability
  • glazed stare
  • desire for home and old friends
  • physiological stress reactions
  • homesickness
  • boredom
  • withdrawal
  • getting "stuck" on one thing
  • excessive sleep
  • compulsive eating/drinking/weight gain
  • stereotyping host nationals
  • hostility towards host nationals
Read this "Culture shock in kL"
how she overcome the situation.

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