Sunday, November 16, 2014

InterculturalCom: Culture Shock: The W-Curve (U11-P3) Fa14

The cultural adjustment is not finished once an individual leaves a new cultural environment.  Depending on the degree to which the new cultural environment has effected the individual, the individual may have to readjust to their home environment.  The overall process is not just the U-shaped curve seen in a previous post, but more a W-shaped curve showing the return and adjustment at home.

Ever traveled into a new culture, spent some time there, and then returned home and had to readjust?  Can you ever go home again?  Can you step in the same river twice?

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