Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dealing With Culture Shock

Jennifer Kumar is a fellow blogger who also helps coach individuals on managing their life after moving to a new country. Not long ago she posted a blog that really hit home with me and helped me realize some things I had not yet realized about my own struggles. Her blog post is here.

In that post, Jennifer discusses some of the many things we can experience as part of culture shock. Jennifer provides the best list I've read so far about things we can experience as part of our move. If you've never read her blog, I highly recommend taking a look or adding it to your reader. Many times she posts things that are quite useful and she also offers her services via in person counseling, chat or over the phone if you need more assistance.

This particular post was quite powerful and I wrote her a rather lengthy response that may also be helpful to you guys. I've made it no secret about my troubles adjusting to even small life issues while going through this culture shock phase. Actually that is my whole point for having this blog. Is so that someone, anyone, can see what they might go through and try to be better prepared than I was. You may not ever be able to prepare yourself completely, but the more you know the better your chances.

For those of you willing to share some information with me about your own culture shock experiences, I am looking for some information for a research project. I would appreciate if you would check out what I'm looking for in this post on my other blog and pass it along to anyone you know who has dealt with or experience culture shock. Nationality and the country that you or they moved to is not specific for the questions, anyone can help. Thanks in advance!!


  1. I sent you the list of questions. Thanks!

  2. Hi!! Thanks for writing this post. I am honored to be featured on your blog. I am happy to help you in any way I can. I can't wait to be part of your interview!!

  3. Great post. I have a lot to say but nothing related to criminal behavior so I'm not sure how helpful I'd be. But I've had adjustment issues twice: 2004 when I moved from Mumbai to Melbourne (Australia) and 2010 when I moved from Melbourne to Chicago. Nothing major but the inability to want to accept the differences outlined in Jennifer's post. So I'm happy to help. It's doubleexpat@gmail.com