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Extension of the U-Curve Hypothesis

John Gullahorn & Jeanne Gullahorn's extension of the U-Curve hypothesis of cultural adaptation. Takes the model of culture shock and applies it to the return home.
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Mandi Lindner

on 5 June 2013

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John & Jeanne Gullahorn's
Extension of the U-Curve Hypothesis Operates under the assumption that the longer one remains in a foreign culture, the more adapted one becomes to that culture, therefore, causing unexpected culture shock upon one's return home. These additional stages of culture shock can leave you feeling like you're on a roller coaster... Fortunately, there is hope for those who are along for the ride... Hate the new culture
This stage leaves you angry, sad
For you it's torture You learn how to live
again in this new setting
This stage is okay Great accomplishment
This stage brings understanding
You will be okay You are back home now
The food! Family! Your friends!
Lovin' life once more Home is not the same
Your loved ones are not the same
Culture shock ensues You start to adapt
Baby steps to recover
You feel confident Life is good again
You adapt to the changes
Your loved ones do too Rules & Guidelines for Riders: As you adjust to a new culture, you may begin identifying with it. You then may feel out of phase when you return home. Readjustment home doesn't need to be traumatic - adapting back home is not difficult. You may just see changes in how you view certain cultural practices you had previously accepted. If you have not previously experienced a major geographic move, you may have a harder time adjusting to the new culture and then when you return home. Ultimately, if you expect there to be difficulties when you return home and have to adjust to the changes, you will be better able to handle them. Hope you enjoyed the ride! Extends Lysgaard's U-Curve of Cultural Adaptation to the sojourner's return home. Increases number of stages from 4 to 8 Things to remember that will make your ride more enjoyable 1. Honeymoon 2. Crisis Love the new culture
This stage equals happiness
It's a novelty 3. Recovery 4. Adjustment 5. Honeymoon
(at home) 6. Crisis
(at home) 7. Recovery
(at home) 8. Adjustment
(at home) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Keep arms and hands inside the car at all times Never force or cajole children onto ride if they are frightened Do NOT rock the car ALWAYS wear your seat belt When in Rome... Cross-cultural adjustment needs to happen in its own time...don't try to force it. Accept cultural adjustment...don't expect everything to be the same. Knowing is half the battle... be prepared for change.
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