What is "Reverse
Will I get
might! "Reverse Culture Shock" (RCS) is essentially the
same thing as culture shock - but you get RCS when you
move back home.
Culture shock when I move home?! What?
When you move back home after a period overseas you will
have a lot of idealized expectations about how it was,
how you remembered it, how things worked so much better
and how things will go. 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 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.
When I go home
have to admit, my home country is not my home anymore.
I feel a little odd there and the high speed, high
stress life that my relatives and friends live holds
little interest to me. In fact, repels me a bit.
totally comfortable anywhere
There is an old saying (please send me the reference if
you know from where!) that says basically - that once
you have learned to live anywhere - that you don't feel
totally at home anywhere. I tend to agree with that.
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