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Transitions

cultural transitionsMany know the phrase ‘culture shock’ and some may know the term ‘reverse culture shock’. The first term is often used to describe the disequilibrium experienced when one travels to or lives in another country and the second term is used to describe the surprise/discomfort people can feel when they return from a long trip or living abroad.  The discomfort felt can be magnified by an initial feeling of excitement and joy at entering a new culture and then returning to one’s culture of origin. The ‘honeymoon’ period builds up our expectations and obscures any problems on entry/re-entry, creating a double whammy effect once one starts living an ordinary life. Continue reading

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