Culture shock refers to the anxiety and feelings (of surprise, disorientation, uncertainty, confusion, etc.) felt when people have to operate within an entirely different cultural or social environment, such as a foreign country.
Describe a time when you experienced culture shock by answering the following questions.
(This can happen when you went to a foreign country, a city/town with a radically different culture, or moving into a radically different social environment.)
What was the different culture that you came into contact?
What blunders or social errors did you make?
How did the host people’s ways seem to you early in your stay? How did your views of the host people’s ways change? Why?
What depressed you, made you angry or homesick? Were there certain times in your stay when this was most intense? How did you deal with those feelings?
Did you pick up any of your hosts’ attitudes toward other cultures? Did you at any point begin to think that some aspects of your hosts’ culture were better than yours?
Which aspect(s) of the culture difference was mainly responsible for your culture shock?
When you experienced culture shock, how did you express it?
How did you get over the culture shock – if you think you did?
Did you have any troubles or strong feelings when you rejoined your own culture?