Wednesday, 2 December 2015


Why Culture Shock is Good for You
By Joe Jamieson,
Work the World, 10 November 2015.

Commonly experienced by travellers, expats and exchange students, “culture shock" describes the impact of moving from a familiar culture to an unfamiliar one. It’s the surprise of a new environment, with new people and a new way of life. It also includes the initial separation anxieties that occur when you’re taken out of close contact with the important people in your life. That could be partners, friends, family, colleagues or teachers - all the people who you would seek advice from in terms of uncertainty.

In the infographic below we take a deeper look at what culture shock is and how it can actually benefit you.

Infographic Sources:
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3. Queens University Belfast. (2015). Culture shock and living in Northern Ireland.
Queen's University Belfast.
4. Santayana, G. (1995). ‘The Philosophy of Travel’, in
The Birth of Reason and Other Essays. New York: Columbia University Press.
UC Irvine. (2011). Phases of cultural adjustment.
UKCISA. (2015). Culture shock.
University of Exeter. (2012). Homesickness factsheet.

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