“ Culture shock is the confusing and nervous
feeling a person may have after leaving a
familiar culture to live in a new and different
Culture Shock – “ changes that pose either
difficulty or stress to given persons. Changes
can be either psychological or socio-cultural.”
J.W. Berry Lectures, “Acculturation and
Adaptation Among Immigrants and Refugees.”
• In groups of 5, discuss and record some of the
concerns you have about moving to a new
culture. You will have ten minutes to discuss.
• Record your results on the provided flip chart
paper and be prepared to share one concern
from your group.
• Keeping the same group, pick one concern
other than the one you previously discussed,
and brainstorm some things you can do to
help deal with this issue.
• Be prepared to share one-two suggestions.
SURVIVAL SUGGESTIONS FOR LIVING
IN A NEW CULTURE
• 1.) Try to learn some key phrases in the new
2.) Pay attention to your perspective.
You may have to readjust your
• “ Living in another culture will remain
essentially the same no matter how we look at
it, but our looking at the situation will have an
enormous impact on us, our emotions and our
3.) Avoid developing a negative
attitude through criticism.
4.) Continue with your normal routine
of exercise and eating properly
Gottman,J.,Silver,N.( 1999) The Seven Principles of
Making a Marriage Work. Three Rivers Press, New
York, New York.