Joseph Shaules, an expert in cultural psychology gives an insight into the anxieties new arrivals have to deal with, and what causes them.
Why is it that emotionally healthy and intelligent people in some cases struggle to adjust to life in a new country? Jane was a cheerful Asian-American who was looking forward to moving to Japan and confident she would adapt easily. Yet Jane was blindsided: “I became withdrawn and negative — the total opposite of the person I normally am.
”Hasn’t today’s international society taken us beyond culture shock?” As an educator who has worked with expats for many years, the answer is clear – No. Also educated, global expats can be affected.
As I mention in my book...