Cross-cultural Psychology focuses on the study of human conduct and rational process. (Ho & Wu, 2001, p.4). The term most often appears in the predicative noun form of culture shock. Various conflicts of cultures were gathered by some researchers which tend to affect the person’s entire being. Below is are some of the issues identified by researchers.
Anxiety is always part of human existence. It is very common to us most especially to those experiencing Acculturative Stress. Anxiety is an emotion to be treated with equally disposition and open mind. It is also a kind of fear regarded as a precautionary measure of avoiding the worse thing to happen – often experienced by those suffering from Culture Shock. More so, being scared and anxious of particular settings and situations that are new is frequently motivated by person’s pessimism.
Acculturative stress may deprive someone a sense of belonging. This deprivation is often associated with the feeling of being alone, despised, rejected, humiliated or abandoned by the new environment. These issues however. can be less frightening if he learns to develop self-esteem, discover his special skills and learn to socialize, despite the new culture. People look up to individuals who have a sense of dignity and integrity. Socializing is one of the best means to overcome depression, rejection, and sentimentality.
Individuality is its own justification. If at some point one’s individuality is questioned or criticized or discriminated against, so long as one does not interfere with other people’s lives nor deprive them of their own happiness, one owes nobody an explanation for what he does and who he is. In the same way that the persons who are new to the environment must not be treated any different from persons with other orientation and must not be deprived of the social needs just because they are coming from a different environment.
Simon Fraser University (2006, February) Culture Shock. Retrieved August 1, 2008, from http:// www.sfu.ca/coop/international/other/Culture_Shock.pdf