Read this helpful one-page article entitled Understanding Culture Stress by Howard Culbertson of Southern Nazarene University. The article addresses survival skills for missionaries, foreign exchange students, and others working to weather cultural shock as they bridge cultural differences. Culbertson looks at the symptoms of culture shock and the “Four Stages”:
- Fun: The excitement and adventure of experiencing new people, things, and opportunities. (also known as the honeymoon stage)
- Flight: Disorientation brings the urge to avoid everything and everyone that is different.
- Fight: The temptation to judge people and things that are different as bad or foolish.
- Fit: Creative interaction with the new culture that includes a willingness to understand and embrace.