Culture Shock-One of Common Problems in Intercultural Communication

Mingli WANG


Communicating successfully with people from different cultures can be a real challenge. Cultural differences may lead to tensions, arguments, and even wars between peoples and nations. This paper deals with one of the most common problems in intercultural communication-cultural shock, it introduces its concepts and basic traits, causes and symptoms, stages of adjustment and strategies of overcoming culture shock with the aim of improving intercultural communication competence for smoothing intercultural communication.


Cultural shock; Intercultural communication; Stages of adjustment; Intercultural communication competence

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