Culture Shock is a term used to describe the anxiety produced when a person moves to a completely new environment. Culture shock can be described as the physical and emotional discomfort one suffers when living in another country or place different from his or her place of origin. Stage 1 ( honeymoon stage)
In this first stage, you may feel exhilarated and pleased by all of the new things encountered. Even the simplest things are new and interesting, taking the bus or going to a restaurant. This exhilarating feeling will probably last at some point change to the next phase. Stage 2 (disillusionment stage)
Culture shock will happen gradually, you may encounter some difficulties or simple differences in your daily routine. For example, communication problems such as not being understood, food, attitude, and customs, these things may start to irritate you. At this this stage, you may have feelings of discontent, impatience, anger, sadness, and a feeling of incompetence. This happens when you are trying to adapt to a new culture that is very different from your own. The change between your old methods and those you encounter in your new environment is a difficult process and takes time to complete. During the transition period, you may have some strong feelings of dissatisfaction and start to compare your old place to your new environment in an unfavourable way. Stage 3 ( understanding stage)
The third stage is characterized by gaining some understanding of your new place’s culture, and its' people. You will get a new feeling of pleasure and sense of humor may be experienced. You should start to feel more of a certain psychological balance. During this stage you won't feel as lost and should begin to have a feeling of direction. At this point you are more familiar with the environment and have more of a feeling of wanting to belong. Stage 4 ( integration stage)
The fourth stage of culture shock is the integration stage and is usually experienced if you are staying for a very long period of time in your new place. You will probably realize that it has good and bad things to offer you. This integration is period is characterized by a strong feeling of belonging. You will start to define yourself and begin establishing goals. Stage 5 ( re-entry stage)
The final stage of culture shock occurs when you return to your home country. This stage of culture shock generally only effects people who have been in a new envronment for a very long period of time (though many feel it after having lived overseas for only as little as 6 months). You may find that things are no longer the same in your home country. For example, some of your newly acquired customs are not in use in your own country. Ethnocentrism is the belief of superiority is one's personal ethnic group, but it can also develop from racial or religious differences. Ethnocentric individuals believe that they are better than other individuals for reasons based solely on their heritage. Clearly, this practice is related to problems of both racism and prejudice. Xenocentrism is the belief that the products, styles, or ideas of one’s society is inferior to those that originate elsewhere Ex. People in Saudi Arabia may prefer to buy Pepsi Cola and other food products that originate in the United States than buy the same cola brand produced by their own country. Filipinos believe that cellphones made in Japan are better than cellphones made in the Philippines. The Russian's are the only people that make good vodka.
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