So you’ve spent a couple of weeks, maybe even months enjoying yourself and saying all the good things about your new home. There’s a high chance you will go back to those feelings. Really! Before that happens though you might need to face the downside of moving abroad: Da Culture Shock.
No, no, it’s not going to be a post about marriage, don’t worry. Many smart books describe how the phases of the culture shock run, that there are four (you can find them under various names, but the idea behind them is the same): Honeymoon stage, Frustration stage, Adjustment stage and Acceptance stage.
A very popular topic on many expat blogs. If you haven’t read any of those before you can start with some of the below! German-way Expat child GreenHeartTravel A Wandering Casiedilla Nomadic Matt In case you’re not celebrating Christmas and would like to read something not Christmas-related I thought I’d upload a couple of […]
On this sunny (at least in London :)) Sunday afternoon I’d like to share some interesting reads with you. As usual, you will find something interesting about Business, Psychology and Expat life. Let’s start with business. Continuing on the Cultural Map series , I definitely encourage you to read some more of Erin Meyer’s blog […]
Culture shock is more than just differences between where you’re from and where you arrived. It has its origins in our childhood environment, in the social groups we’ve been surrounded by and a part of, in our everyday life that we have been leading until the moment of moving abroad.
I hope you enjoyed the series of posts about one of the approaches to identifying dimensions of cultures, created by Erin Meyer. This post is supposed to provide a brief summary of the dimensions so that you have them in one place as well as encourage you to explore the dimensions in more detail.
Some further reads on culture, intercultural business and expat life today 🙂 The first article is an introduction to some further studies that have been made around how cultures and their values still have a great influence on individuals even in this globalised world. How we use colours, how we think about a society […]
Going abroad is a great opportunity to learn a foreign language, try working in a new environment, meet new people, grow as a person in general. It seems like a perfect thing for extroverts – lots of new things, lots of new people, lots of uncertainty, and lots of energy that you need to put […]
Another portion of articles on the topic of cultural differences, business, cross-cultural psychology and expat life. Some reads for current expats or expats-to-be have been listed on Expat Focus. Very interesting website for people who look for information on various aspects of moving abroad and starting a new life in a foreign place away […]
In the previous post I mentioned quite a couple of advantages of using cultural dimensions when dealing with cultural differences and related challenges. This time I would like to list some counterarguments to show a bigger picture of how they can be used.