Culture Shock &Adjustment
Culture Shock Do's & Dont's
- Do be aware that culture shock exists, one way or another, it won't last forever.
- Don't sit around being critical and negative.
- Do plan fun things to do!
- Don't focus on bad things.
- Do set goals for yourself.
- Do look for the best in your situation.
- Do enjoy the diversity of people and cultures.
- Don't be judgmental.
- Do keep a journal.
- Don't think of yourself as strange and abnormal.
- Don't be offended by characteristics of the culture which are not polite or appropriate in the U.S.
- Do try and keep busy.
- Don't immediately call/write/e-mail your family/friends to tell them how miserable you are.
- Remember that culture shock can be a very valuable experience, which can leave you with broader perspectives, deeper insight into yourself and a wider tolerance for other people.
Taken from Kohls, R. (1979) Survival Kit for Overseas Living, chapter 18 Culture Shock: Occupational Hazard of Overseas Living. Intercultural Press, Yarmouth, MN. p. 91-100 as cited in iStudent101.com – Read about Culture Shock
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