Dealing with Culture Shock

The good news is that the cycle of culture shock is common and predictable.

Living and working overseas is often stressful. So often, in fact, the stress even has its own name: culture shock.

In his book Survival Kit for Overseas Living, Robert Kohls describes some symptoms you may see in people assigned overseas:



Withdrawal (spending too much time alone or seeing other Americans, avoiding contact with host nationals)

Sleeping excessively

Compulsive eating

Compulsive drinking


Exaggerated cleanliness

Marital stress

Family tension and conflict

Chauvinistic excesses

Stereotyping of host nationals

Hostility toward host nationals

Loss of ability to work effectively ...

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