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Dealing with reverse culture shock
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have enough money you can insulate yourselves from the difficulties of mixing when you get back to the land where you grew up.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I came back to Scotland after two years teaching in Saudi Arabia in 1972 I had a bulging wallet, A few months later I was in the Psych Ward. Going crazy is easy. You can label it "Reverse Culture Shock" or anything you want.

It took me a long time to come to terms with it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:15 am    Post subject: Re: Dealing with reverse culture shock Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
**QUESTION (for anyone): Just throwing this out there...

Do you think the quality of life, level of services/products, housing quality, language barriers, etc. of your time overseas have an impact on the level and length of reverse culture you experience when you return home? For example, would someone teaching in Haiti for a couple of years have a tougher time adjusting home compared to a teacher who worked in Moscow?
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Well, if it’s regarding things that are difficult to deal with after returning to my home country then I’d say it was because the foreign country where I was living had much better services/products, etc. The primary categories for me are food, mass transit, and (most recently added to the list after experiencing WeChat Wallet) modes of payment.

As for the primary topic of this thread, having been back to my home country for a few fairly long stints (ranging between six months and two years), there are two ways I mitigate reverse culture shock:

1. When you go “home”, don’t think of it as “going back”. You only go forward.

2. Spend time with your close friends and family (even when you don’t really feel like it) and be interested in what their doing now. Don’t try to reminisce on past experiences with them.

Anyway, cool thread. A lot of interesting posts on here.
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