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I Have Experienced Culture Shock

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 269 People

    Geographic Prejudice Runs Rampant.

    Story, by someone else, experience just like mine.Geographic Prejudice Runs Rampant. Ex-new Yorker Tired Of Being Labeled Abrupt,' 'rude' October 31, 1991|By Terrie Spiegel There are people who are biased against blacks - just because of their skin color - as there are people who...
    SpiceZ SpiceZ 56-60, F Sep 16, 2012

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    Malawi Africa

    I was a missoinary in Malawi Africa for 8 months. It was an expierence I'll never forget. Since I've lived there I have grown to appreciate the USA more than I ever did before.  The culture there is so much different than it is here. The people there act and think so...
    walkingonfaith walkingonfaith 31-35 2 Responses Dec 21, 2008

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    A Dress Story

    When I went to spend a year in England I wasn't expecting culture shock at all, but it turned out you can always be surprised. In my case, it was seeing flocks of girls going clubbing half drunk half naked in the middle of winter! And it was barely 10.30 pm. My theory is that...
    aubergineblue aubergineblue 22-25, F Jun 15, 2011

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    You Have Got to Be Kidding

    I grew up in Oakland CA My freshman year of high school my mom moved us to the small town of Crescent City near the Oregon border. the first time I am going through town I see a person driving their horse drawn wagon to town I asked my is there a parade or some thing she said...
    librakitty05 librakitty05 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2008

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    Different Worlds

    I am from Hawaii, the island of Oahu. I was always used to certain ways of living. I moved to the mainland USA in the beginning of 2009. All my life in Hawaii, it was not shocking to call others Brother, Sister, Aunty, Uncle, Grandma, Grandpa. It was not shocking to hug and be...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Jul 21, 2013

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    I Love Some Foreign Culture And Seeing How They Differ From My Own

    I travel sometimes in my line of work. I've met people from around the world that have congregated in a single spot on the globe to work together. But one thing seems to amaze me. The culture of my business isn't as straight forward as we Americans think. When we have...
    UpOnDaRoof UpOnDaRoof 36-40, M Sep 4, 2012

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    I Am Culture Shock

    Actually I am culture shock! I'm a dark shadowy paw of evil taboo in a lot of places I go outside of my scene. Many people are shocked by me on sight alone. It's funny because I can go into what is for me a total bore bar like the redneck or sports kind and wind up with girls...
    Vyjena Vyjena 46-50, T 1 Response Feb 26, 2012

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    A Couple of Times

    I grew up in utah being raised in a mormon family.  We moved to virginia, and I found it hard to deal with the fact that none of the other kids at school were mormon.  I was still somewhat shut into myself, and my mom did everything she could to keep me isolated...
    SeraphicWannabe SeraphicWannabe 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 2, 2008

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    Experienced

    I experience culture shock most times since I live in an area where there's hardly any other Goths like Me to be seen
    MaskedVulgarity MaskedVulgarity 41-45, F Sep 3, 2011

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    Every Family Has a Culture

     I have encountered culture shock in Mexico and in China. It made for some mounting tension between my American friend who was with me, my two Mexican friends and myself. It humiliated and humbled me in China. But the most shocking culture shock I've ever experienced is the...
    NaomiZero NaomiZero 26-30, F 4 Responses May 14, 2009

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    On Ep!

    Initially I did have a bit of culture shock. Now I am comfortable with everyone here. I am from India and I have never travelled to a different country. Of-course I did watch world news, read a lot about different cultures,places and people. But here I understood the...
    tenderfoot1 tenderfoot1 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 12, 2008

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    Culture Shock!!!

    i have certainly excperienced culture shock, when i moved to scotland from south africa!!! just the amount of alcohol that people drink here in scotland is astonishing!! lol i'll never forget the day, i think it was just a couple of days after we arrived from south africa in 2001...
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M 9 Responses Oct 14, 2009

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    Moving Back to the States

    yeah. I was suprised how much I missed Europe. When I came back everything is so industrial, so much litter everywhere, not alot of green. Buildings and houses aren't built to last long and aren't aesthetically beautiful without meaning to, just faux grandeur. I was biking...
    bonsaisamurai bonsaisamurai 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2008

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    I Experienced Culture Shock Without Moving To Another Country Or Another Area.

    I've traveled these United States extensively and lived in many, MANY places, but the worst culture shock I have ever experienced happened when, a few months ago,  I moved into a new community in an area where I had been snow-birding.  I find myself surrounded by vicious...
    GailG3 GailG3 61-65, F 2 Responses Jan 14, 2012

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    Culture Shock. Feeling Physically Ill And Unable To Get Up For 2 Days.

    There are many times I thought I should have experienced culture shock but the time that I did, was totally unexpected. I had been out of the country for over two years. I had many harrowing stories in many cultures but I got through it. My last jump was a flight on a cargo plane...
    dano66 dano66 51-55 Sep 15, 2013

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    Surprising Shock

    Believe it or not, I experienced culture shock when I went to England. Because we speak the same language, we tend to assume that other things about our cultures are the same. Truth be told, there are a vast number of differences. For example, in the US when you go into a bar, it...
    paigan72 paigan72 41-45, F Aug 7, 2011

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    I guess this is more reverse culture shock

    than culture shock. After I graduated from college, I moved to Prague to teach English (what else do you do with a B.A. in English). I lived in Europe once before when I studied abroad, and I'd traveled there a few times. I love Europe and in many ways I feel more at home...
    NorseGirl12 NorseGirl12 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2013

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    Not Cool!

    I went to visit my sister in a state I won't name and she took me to walmart and when I saw the people working there, I thought it was one of those walmarts for special people who are not all the way there in the head. It turns out, that was the way everyone looked in that state...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 9, 2011

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    Romania

    My parents always holidayed in Donegal which in itself is a culture shock, as life is very much more at ease and relaxed.  No-one tends to stress about anything, there is an open door policy to each person's homes and everyone is accepted family and trusted. My first time...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 30, 2008

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    Aftershocks

    After two years, I stil got aftershocks constantly. The most recent aftershock...I found out my next door roommate is gay. Actually I have known this for over a week. But everytime I see him being with his boyfriend, I feel kinda weird. I am not a  homophobia, but it is...
    winniebree winniebree 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 2, 2008

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    Rome

    I went to Rome last October, and really, all those new impressions caused me headaches and dizziness. Too much culture. That can happen. I never knew.
    JojaRodenaLente JojaRodenaLente 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 1, 2009

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    Jamaica.

    The first time I went to Jamaica, back in 2000, I was in shock.  The first place we had gone, Grand Caymen Island, was so nice and beautiful.  But Jamaica was not so nice.  I think we just stopped off at the wrong port.  Ocho Rios.  A lot of people have...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 14 Responses May 15, 2009

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    And I Love It

      I have experienced Culture Shock, and I love it !!! That is pretty much the reason why I travel and the source of many of my memories. Culture shock is what has  given me the opportunity to appreciate differences. It is a learning experience. It allows me to see life...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 4 Responses May 15, 2009

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    Eeep

    going from london to germany when i was 6 wasnt too bad, i was too young and more worried about the fact that me and my mum had run away   but after a year of doing a lot of changing and growing, to go from a quite village in the middle of a forest with just me and my mum...
    Tesse Tesse 18-21, F Nov 19, 2008

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    Lawdy, This Southern Girl In Dc!

    I used to think I was pretty cosmopolitan and took pride in my eclectic collection of friends from all walks of life. Yup, I thought it would be a piece of cake. My friend and I went to DC this year in the spring for a business trip and I was so excited to finally go above the...
    choctawgrrrl choctawgrrrl 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2008

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    Well.. Had a meeting with my doctor the 12:e, got the diagnosis and i have gotten a medicin called quetiapin. I have taken it only twice so far, it's been like heaven. My...
    EverythingAndAnything EverythingAndAnything 18-21, F Mar 13

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    But most have. Its what we do next that matters.
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M a week ago

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    As most have. That may make us better. Or bitter.
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M a week ago

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    Be aware of Black Magic Women. I hope you have realized that evil forces exists, don't be naive, the curse is tip tapping around you and when she's got you, your mouth is locked...
    Strawberrryfieldsforever Strawberrryfieldsforever 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Constantly and Perfectly Loved Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. —Psalm 34:5 My Love and salvation are not just waiting for you in...
    Katie419 Katie419 22-25, F Mar 6

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    About a half hour ago I found out my friend killed himself. It hurts so bad because its all my fault. i know it!
    HesSortofCool HesSortofCool 13-15, F 4 Responses Mar 13

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    I'm burnout at work and resigned because it was hurting me too much
    cheesecake659 cheesecake659 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    I was born in a country which virginity is a very important thing for a woman, especially in the society where I lived. My parents were divorced, I live with my mom for most of my...
    JUSTME1217 JUSTME1217 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 12

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    I know that life is not easy for anybody. But sometimes I wonder how am I so ok, when I know people have experienced similar traumas and have broken and can no longer function in...
    salcla salcla 26-30, F 1 day ago

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    ASMR is the best. I've been trying to figure out what the tingles are forever. I've googled "good tingles" and all kinds of stuff. I finally searched for it on YouTube and...
    Beccabug98 Beccabug98 16-17, F Mar 5

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    I am married to a great man, whom I have no intention of leaving. He got into an accident and broke his back, shoulder and hip. He will be out of commission and away from home...
    JennNotJenny7 JennNotJenny7 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I guess it's an issue that stems from childhood, and has sort of followed me ever since. I was bullied in primary school. Looking back on it now, it probably wasn't as viscous as...
    DropsofJupiter1 DropsofJupiter1 18-21, F 9 Responses a week ago

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    I feel like even though I am only young I have so much wisdom and advice for people. The life I have lived has been extrodinary by most peoples standards and I am just coming to...
    NotFromThere NotFromThere 31-35, F 6 days ago

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    So I wrote on here about a little over a month ago. I have suffered through depersonalization since I was 18. I took this disorder as something I would never be able to overcome...
    katejen2 katejen2 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    All through my short life I have experienced the troubles of being an outcast, being told to simply "get involved" but that's not at all easy. Well not for me anyway. I can do...
    thedimone thedimone 13-15, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I served in the Military for 18 years, a short time compared to others. In that time however i have experienced things that i wish nobody on this earth should ever witness.. I dare...
    brocktimus brocktimus 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    I would like to discuss my symptoms and share with others who have this condition,I have suffered from jaw pain for almost 3 years,the locking or inflammation is terrible and is...
    sar2015 sar2015 31-35, F Mar 2

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    I am 35 and found out on my 31st bday after I blacked out that I had a colloid cyst. A bit of history...my 1st migraine was at 13 and my 1st blackout migraine @16. I have had many...
    MarriedToTheMigraine MarriedToTheMigraine 36-40, F Mar 3

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