We communicate as we do according to the ways in which we perceive the world. However, while physiologically we process pieces of information similarly, the way in which we interpret them varies depending on our unique and wide range of psychological and cultural experiences.
If you have moved to a new cultural context, very different from the one(s) you are used to live in, and you feel stressed, isolated, frustrated, angry and confused, you may be experiencing culture shock.
When we enter into contact with people from different cultural backgrounds, we may experience some conflicts, as a result of unfamiliar cultural dimensions which could lead to miscommunication and negative perceptions.
As Intercultural Counselling Professionals, we need to take into careful consideration the extent to which the expression of our clients’ emotions is shaped by culture.
The ability to manifest our basic emotions through facial expressions is universal. However, the ways in which we express more complex emotions is influenced by culture.
Foreign Language Learning can be considered as an integral part of a wider process of Intercultural Learning, where social and cultural practices are a crucial part of it.
Intercultural relations refer to the bond among people from different cultural backgrounds, who come into contact to satisfy physical, social or emotional needs.
As Counsellors when we work with and for international students, we need to consider the complex and distinct aspects that make them a unique population.