What is Reverse
and how can you avoid it?
might get it! "Reverse Culture Shock" (RCS) is essentially the
same thing as culture shock - but you get RCS when you
move back home. Just when you think you wouldn't!
Culture shock? When I move back home? What?
When you move back home after a few years overseas
you will have a lot of idealized expectations about how
it was back home, how you remembered it, how things worked so much
better and how things will go when you get back.
And often things aren't
exactly as you remembered. You will, just like regular
culture shock, have feelings of elation, disappointment,
and even anger and depression.
Research about Reverse Culture Shock says . . .
Some literature indicates that the more and better you
adapted to your new country overseas, accepted and lived
in that culture, then the greater your RCS will be when
you return home.
Their home country is not
They feel a little odd there and the high speed, high
stress life that relatives and friends live holds
little interest to them. In fact, repels them a bit.
totally comfortable anywhere?
There is an old saying (please send me the reference if
you know from where!) that says:
"Once you have
learned to live anywhere, you don't feel
totally at home anywhere."
expatriates would tend to agree with that.
Each Country Has its own Challenges
After you live in a variety of countries, each one
leaves you just little more skilled at dealing with
cultural and adjustment issues, and I think it all
becomes easier and easier.
Don't worry about it - it is just another of life's
challenges. Challenges that, after living overseas
for a few years - become easier and easier to handle.