Culture Shock and Its Stages by Geert Hofstede
Culture Shock is profoundly personal experience and is not the same for two persons or for the same person during two different occasions. It is frequently described as a series of stages that a person goes through.
EXERCISE #1: Match each stage to its appropriate definition.
EXERCISE #2: Complete the following exercise developed by The Peace Corps. Place the number for the stage of adjustment next to the statement you think the person was in who made the remark.
Situation. You are a female working under an older man who is much less technically competent than you. At staff meetings, you routinely outshine this man, which has begun to cause him acute discomfort. Today he has asked you not to speak at these meetings and especially not to contradict or disagree with him when he speaks, even (and especially) if what he says is incorrect. What should you do?
Situation. You are an outgoing, gregarious woman, interested in people and naturally friendly. Today your boss has called you into his office and explained that your friendliness has been remarked upon and is causing misunderstanding in certain quarters. The women who work in the office think you are acting flirtatious, even loose, and the men have begun to question your professionalism. Your boss asks you if you can "tone it down" a bit. You are hurt and surprised; this is just the way you are. What can you do?