Adapting to Culture Shock by Kala Carrick
Culture shock seems like something that is just a part of being human. People may experience culture shock at different degrees, but it is always there. Several people have talked about the different reasons why people experience culture shock whether it be that you are open minded or sheltered, unsheltered or religious. The way that your parents raise you does play a big part into how you react later, but do you eventually get used to it so that when placed in a new situation you don't even notice that great of a change? Or is culture shock just as traumatizing each new time?
What about the person that has moved so much and been in so many different situations that they are simply immune to the effects of culture shock? Is it possible? When I say immune to culture shock what I mean is a person who is capable of adapting so quickly that there is no problem in blending right in. Considering that learning a new language would take more time if given that situation. Does being throwen into and out of different homes and places quicker than you can say "Where'd they go!" make a person switch into survival gear and just not even noticing the change yet still accepting it make a person extremly adaptable?
In my life I have moved several several times; for example seven times in one year. When given a new situation I'm not even focused on the how different it is I'm focused on how does this place work and how can I use it to the best of my ability. Now that I am in college there still has been no culture shock for me or at least not that I would consider a culture shock. True it has taken me some time to get used to the work load because I have never had homework, but it was something that I was already expecting. So what I'm wandering is if a persons life experiences can make them so adapable that they are basically immune to the idea of culture shock?