Certain routines Most people are used to certain routines in their ways of living and the more these routines are disrupted, the greater the level of anxiety and frustration and the not knowing what is going on or what will happen, creates a high degree of uncertainty that can be very stressful.
The vicious circle of culture When moving out from your familiar and safe surrounding into a whole new one there is a risk of ending up in the vicious circle of culture. This circle includes the following phases: The vicious circle of culture When moving out from your familiar and safe surrounding into a whole new one there is a risk of ending up in the vicious circle of culture. This circle includes the following phases:
The most effective way to combat culture shock is to step back from a given event that has bothered you, assess it, and search for an appropriate explanation and response. Try the following: · Observe how others are acting in the same situation · Describe the situation, what it means to you, and your response to it · Ask a local resident or someone with extensive experience how they would have handled the situation and what it means in the host culture · Plan how you might act in this or similar situations in the future · Test the new behavior and evaluate how well it works · Decide how you can apply what you have learned the next time you find yourself in a similar situation Throughout the period of cultural adaptation, take good care of yourself. Read a book or rent a video in your home language, take a short trip if possible, exercise and get plenty of rest, write a letter or telephone home, eat good food, and do things you enjoy with friends. Take special notice of things you enjoy about living in the host culture. Although it can be disconcerting and a little scary, the &quot;shock&quot; gradually eases as you begin to understand the new culture. It is useful to realize that often the reactions and perceptions of others toward you--and you toward them-- are not personal evaluations but are based on a clash of cultural values. The more skilled you become in recognizing how and when cultural values and behaviors are likely to come in conflict, the easier it becomes to make adjustments that can help you avoid serious difficulties. Get out and about, even if it is first in your immediate neighborhood. Explore the layout to become comfortable with your immediate surroundings. Try to get to know a few neighbors. Do any speak English? Afterwards, stretch out to explore the local shops, restaurants and means of transportation. Identify similarities and differences. Identifying similarities will be of a comfort to you. Identifying differences will allow you to pinpoint what is causing the majority of your discomfort. How can you best deal with it? Begin to learn a few local words or phrases. This will help you with signs, menus, and some services, and will be appreciated by the people of the country. Find a club or social group to belong to. Be careful, however! Do not mix with a group that gets together and complains about their state of being. Find a group that is active in the community somehow, through shopping expeditions or site seeing. A church is also a good place to meet people, and there are often ones in many denominations as well as non-denominational.
Cultural Shock <ul><li>Definition </li></ul>“ Physical and emotional discomfort one suffers when coming to live in another country or a place different from the place of origin.” ( Sant Diego University)
Cultural Shock <ul><li>The Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Two types of problems: </li></ul><ul><li>When the natives do something strange </li></ul>? <ul><li>When you do something that </li></ul><ul><ul><li>disturbs the natives </li></ul></ul>?
<ul><li>Returning back home </li></ul><ul><li>Same stages </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Being Happy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feeling ignored </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Acceptance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Go back to life as you know it </li></ul></ul></ul>Culture Shock Stages 5: Re-entry
Culture Shock Stages 5: Re-entry Same stages