|A. On arrival in
your new environment, everything is new and exciting. There
is a lot to do: settling into your new job, meeting new people,
seeing new sights and experiencing the unusual. There is also
a lot of support from the company at this time, and many people
are ‘on a high’.
After a while, however, the support is less, the routine of
everyday life sets in, and problems start to arise. Left more
on your own, the excitement disappears, and the symptoms above
may begin to show themselves. Many people become anxious,
begin to miss the familiar things of home and feel definitely
not part of the society into which they have moved.
C. Being aware of the symptoms and causes
of culture shock, people in this stage begin to evaluate their
new culture and their reaction to it. They accept the things
they find difficult, and try to work them out.
D. By this stage, many people have come
to terms with the new culture, and accepted their place within
it, having worked out their own strategy for survival, and
developed a more positive attitude to their surroundings.
E. You have grown in confidence and have
fully adapted (as far as you ever will!) to the new culture.
Differences and similarities between the home culture and
the new one are understood and respected. You have the ability
to make choices based on your own values and preferences.