Culture Shock

A Practical Guide

Non-Fiction - Travel
57 Pages
Reviewed on 05/27/2015
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Author Biography

H.E. Rybol is an Adult Third Culture Kid, which means that her parents have two different nationalities and she grew up in a third country. She has spent her life living, working, studying and traveling around the world. She loves animals and the outdoors. Read more of her writing at Culture Shock Toolbox.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Culture Shock: A Practical Guide by H.E. Rybol is a guide to help one use simple everyday actions in a purposeful way to ease the stress that can come when everything is new. The author begins by stating that, in its essence, the experience of culture shock is a profound shift in consciousness. To get through culture shock, we need to reconcile the information we’re getting and adapt our thoughts and reactions to that information, as well as let go of preconceived notions to make room for reality. She analyzes how this can be achieved in reality, how letting go of one's notions affect this, how simple actions like using the same streets, using public services, or packing and unpacking operations can help.

Culture Shock: A Practical Guide by H.E. Rybol is written to help one deal with cultural shock. At every turn of the page, the author has provided much advice on utilizing whatever one can get hold of. “Use humor and kindness as an antidote to shock,” “Be kind to yourself in order to give kindness,” “Find things we have in common,” as well as “Learn the language” are only some of the practical tips this book offers. The author has analyzed the question of culture shock from all possible angles and offered simple, practical remedies. Now that there is no better way of curing it than actually facing it, as the author suggests toward the end of the book, go for it! Jump right in! Enjoy the journey.