"Culture shock" is a term that psychologists use to describe the disorientation people experience when they move for an extended period of time to a culture different from their own. Some of the symptoms of relatively severe cases of culture shock include
Although not everyone will not suffer from such dramatic symptoms, you will all likely experience some degree of culture shock. Indeed, recent studies have shown that virtually everyone who lives abroad goes through a distinct set of phases as they adjust to their new culture. Each phase has a number of characteristic features, one of which is usually predominant.