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Reverse Culture Shock.

Reverse Culture Shock.

Posted: 01-May-2017            


Moving away from your home comes with a great many challenges and some people can find it tricky adjusting to a new way of life, so it’s not surprising that we can face similar problems upon our return home. Culture shock (the feeling of disorientation experienced from being subject to an unfamiliar way of life or culture) is something that is frequently written about and discussed when it comes to the topic of relocation - something less so is reverse culture shock. So what is reverse culture shock and what is the best way to deal with its effects? What Is Reverse Culture Shock? Reverse culture shock can be identified as a feeling of confusion relating to an expat becoming less familiar with their old home, culture and way of life. This state of being is often associated with international students who return to their home country after a period of time in a new place. Often without realising it, people tend to get used to their new surroundings, which is what causes them to feel unsettled and lost when they return to their once very familiar stomping ground. Being an expat comes with dealing with many challenges and changes to your everyday life, which in turn causes you to transform, be it personally or professionally. Returning home can mean that you view the world around you differently and in a new light. The re-entry challenges associated with expats who return home include: reverse homesickness, feelings of alienation, relationship changes and boredom.