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Reverse culture shock!!

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Reverse culture shock!!

  1. 1. REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK Prepared by- Deepika Tripathi PGDBM- IInd Year 2013-2015
  2. 2. REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK Reverse Culture Shock is a term that is typically used to describe the unanticipated adjustment difficulties that many expats experience when returning to their normal lives. The difficulties they may face upon re-entering their own culture. (re-entry shock, own-culture shock) Typically the more successful they were in immersing themselves in the country and culture where they have just been, the more difficult a time they will have re-adjusting to their own culture, and getting back into the routine of their old life.
  3. 3. MORE DIFFICULT THAN CULTURE SHOCK??? • It is not expected • Intensity experienced abroad is difficult to be understood by others. • Seems easy but is way more difficult !
  4. 4. SYMPTOMS !! • Vague disoriented or frustrated feeling • Boredom and insecurity • Disdain for things Indian • Feelings of alienation and withdrawal • Need for excessive sleep • Communication seems difficult • You find it difficult to explain things coherently • Others don't seem to understand you or hear your stories • You feel resistant to family and friends • It's hard to relate to others, or find common ground with them • All you can think about is going back!
  5. 5. ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES • Noise level is different (you now hear all of the background noise that you might have tuned out if you were learning the language in your host country. Suddenly you hear everything and it feels like sensory bombardment) • Weather (humidity and temperature) • Hours of sunlight • Urban / rural settings • Racial makeup of population • Smells and sounds • Pace of life and activity around you
  6. 6. Coping Strategies • Get together with others who have been to the same area as you • Maintain a sense of patience and humor, similar to when you initially went overseas • Keep in touch with the friends and contacts you met while you were away • Seek out international news so you don't feel so abruptly cut off from your experience • Look for ways to use the new skills and knowledge you gained while abroad, i.e. giving a slide show or talk at your local library, Rotary club, etc. • Write about your experience, and share it with others, or submit it for publication • Maintain a healthy diet, and exercise • Visit elementary/middle/high schools to speak about your experience • Get involved with international students on campus
  7. 7. EXPERIENCES QUOTED: Returning to India, while driving home from the airport, I was struck by how polluted and how much dust Delhi had in contrast to the clean and wide American streets “You can eat off the street here!” I announced. My family turned around and looked at me as if I had gotten off a spaceship rather than a plane. Reverse culture shock had already set in. - An expatriate from India to US I was an alien in my own country. My own attitude has changed, so it was difficult to understand my own customs.” -Landis, 2004
  8. 8. THANK YOU !!

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