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Culture Shock presentation AIESEC 01/08/13
Transcript of Culture Shock presentation AIESEC 01/08/13
Tell us what you think!
Step 1: Honeymoon phase
Step 2: Negotiation phase
Step 3: Adjustment phase
Step 4: Mastery phase
In my Experience...
How to make recovery easier
1.) Cultural Relativism
No culture is right
Everything at home is perceived as "better" and "perfect"
Get extremely frustrated and want to complain
Who are we?
Feel excited and positive
Find the new culture exotic
Period full of observations and new discoveries
Find the behavior of the people unusual
Feel anxious as differences become more apparent
Start to withdrawal
Unpleasant feelings of frustration
Start to understand and accept the behavior of the people with a positive attitude
Usually need to sleep more
You become accustomed and develop a routine
Begin to enjoy the culture
Adopt certain behaviors from the new culture
3.) Work on yourself!
Try not to lose your temper
Reserve your judgement
Keep your sense of humor
What is culture shock?
Have you ever experienced it?
2.) Get prepared!
Learn the language
Learn about food, customs, music etc.
What has worked for me
Making new friends
Talking to close friends
Trying to be positive
Culture shock is inevitable. Acceptance is the first step.
Be open, respectful and try to learn
Deal with stress
Ask for help
Don't forget about re-entry shock!
"You can't go home again"
"It's like wearing contact lenses in the wrong eyes.
Everything feels almost right."