for granted at home simply don't occur. A number of small problems become insurmountable obstacles. Now, all of a sudden. It is the cultural differences, not the similarities that loom so large. For the first time it becomes clear that, unlike a two week vacation, one will be in this situation for the next twelve to eighteen months. (Ferraro & Briody, 2013)Gradual adjustment: Stage 3 marks the passing of the crisis and a gradual recovery. This stage may begin so gradually that the "patient" is unaware that it is even happening. An understanding slowly emerges of how to operate within the new culture. Some cultural cues now begin to make sense; patterns of behavior begin to emerge, which enable a certain level of predictability; some of the language is becoming comprehensible; and some of the problems of everyday living-which seemed so overwhelming in stage 2 are beginning to be resolved. (Ferraro & Briody, 2013)Biculturalism:The fourth and final stage, representing 111 or near full recovery, involves the ability to function effectively in two different cultures. The local customs that were so un- settling months earlier are now both understood and appreciated. Without having to "go native," the interactional businessperson now accepts many of the new cultural ways for what they are. (Ferraro & Briody, 2013)Most people expect to have some culture shock, but few are prepared for the challenges of reentry shock. What are the differences between the two? Why would people experience this stress when returning to their comfortable, well-known culture?Culture shock is the initial impact of a major change in your environment. This change, of courseis mostly psychological. For example, all your life you were programed and taught to read right to left or drive on the right side of the road. Now you find yourself overseas and you are having to cope with learning new habits. This mean you must now reprogram your thoughts to some or visualize something, your mind is not used to seeing.
Re-entry, in contrast is the opposite and Most Westerners are not prepared for the enormous letdown they feel when returning home after an overseas assignment. In some cases, reentry
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