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ERIC Number: EJ870908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
Moving with Emotional Resilience between and within Cultures
Abarbanel, Janice
Intercultural Education, v20 suppl S1-2 pS133-S141 2009
Having an "emotional passport" means acquiring skills to regulate intense emotional challenges experienced in cultural transitions. This paper addresses ways to help young travelers become more resilient problem-solvers, better at tolerating ambiguity, and more competent with cultural difference. It points out how the intercultural field misses opportunities to prepare learners for the emotional highs and lows of cultural exchange, relying instead on language of catastrophe ("culture shock") and crisis preparation. Instead, strategies can be taught to help regulate the normal stressors that come with crossing cultures. Crisis planning alone does not meet the psychological needs of most sojourners. This paper encourages a shift in language and practice from "culture shock" to "culture shift" by outlining how our brains process and integrate new information, and describes life stage issues facing young adults, demonstrating how these challenges interface with the emotional competencies necessary for crossing cultures. (Contains 1 note and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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