[Overcoming the Cultural Shock] 【戰勝文化衝擊】

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[Overcoming the Cultural Shock]

By: Riddhi SUKHIA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)

Image: http://www.studyinalberta.ca

Are you an international or an exchange student? Are you living in completely different surroundings, in a new culture away from home? If yes, then I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. Cultural shock is the realization of the differences in an unfamiliar culture and way of life in the new locality you may have recently moved into.

Moving to a new country is not easy. It is a mentally challenging event that makes you feel a bit disoriented and confused at first. Some of the reasons you might feel a bit upset could be due to the stark differences such as, food, language, pace of life, weather, and even new friends. All these changes can make you feel distant or alienated, and also homesick. Psychologically, it can affect your body in several ways, thereby inducing frequent mood swings, withdrawal from socializing, etc.

Cultural shock might sound rather depressing, but it should be taken up as a challenge to successfully overcome it, so that you can gain from your experience in a foreign surrounding or country. Learning to adapt by keeping an open mind and embracing the differences is essential to settle in. It might take a while, but once you start adapting to your new environment, you will start to feel relaxed and comfortable. Immerse yourself into this new culture, take in everything you see, hear, or smell, make new friends, and make yourself at home. Most importantly, remember, ‘It’s not good or bad – it’s just different.’

【戰勝文化衝擊】

文: Riddhi SUKHIA (賽馬會群智堂)

譯: 劉陽河 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)

圖: http://www.studyinalberta.ca

你是否是一位國際生或交換生?你是否身處在一個和之前大相徑庭的環境中?你是否浸潤在一個迥异於你家鄉的文化背景中?如果你的回答是肯定的,那麼你一定知道我們現在討論的話題是什麽。文化衝擊指的是一個人從其固有的文化環境中移居到一個新的文化環境中所產生的文化上的不適應。

搬到一個新的地方生活的確不易。最開始,你會感到一種包含著混亂與困惑的心理挑戰。飲食、語言、生活節奏、氣候甚至是新的朋友,這些都是讓你產生不適感的因素。而這些因素又會讓你產生疏離感,並開始想家。從心理學的角度上講,它會從各個方面影響你的身體,從而導致頻繁的心境不穩以及對社交活動的迴避。

文化衝擊聽起來很讓人壓抑,但爲了在陌生環境中有所收穫,你需要把他看作一個挑戰并努力克服。如果你想真正安定下來的話,保持開闊的心胸并主動去擁抱那些差異吧,以此來學會適應新的一切。這可能需要一些時間,但是當你開始適應新環境的時候,你將會感到無比的輕鬆和舒適。將你自己全身心地投入到新的文化中,領會你所看到的、聽到的、嗅到的,結交新的朋友,讓自己有賓至如歸之感。更重要的是,要記得這樣一句話:「彼此之間並無高低優劣之分,有的只是差異而已」。

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