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July 24, 2019

The Online Couple

“Couples need to work out a balance. Consider the other person’s emotions when it comes to certain postings. If someone is a more private person, then […]
July 20, 2019

The Benefits of Therapy

“Before I started interning at ABRI, I had never experienced counselling or therapy. I went into my first counselling session feeling confused and uncertain. I wasn’t […]
July 13, 2019

Grief – A Time for Self-Compassion

Many of us have been through grief before- whether it is in the form of losing a loved one or through heartbreak. As author C.S. Lewis […]
July 6, 2019

Nothing more than an imposter, a fraud.

Maybe there was an episode in your life where you’ve gotten an award for being the most outstanding employee in your workplace, or maybe you’ve been […]
June 29, 2019

Grit: The Fuel to Excel in Life

Have you ever wondered what makes certain individuals excel in school, why certain military cadets remain in training while others drop out or why certain salesmen […]
June 11, 2019

7 Self-Help Steps to Emotional First-Aid

As humans, we often show favouritism to the body over the mind. We expect others and even ourselves to simply “get over” psychological pain such as […]
June 1, 2019

The Endgame? Understanding Grief and Loss with the Avengers

[Minor spoilers ahead] The whole of May have been abuzz with activity online when Avengers: Endgame was released in our local cinemas. At long last, the […]
April 26, 2019

A Little Humour Goes a Long Way

A little humour can always seem to make the road to recovery a little less daunting. Check out these cool artworks by Gemma Corell as she […]
April 19, 2019

Communication: The Bridge to a Healthy Relationship

    Earlier this week, the Hong Kong entertainment industry was shaken by the scandal of one of their male artists who was seen acting inappropriately […]

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Identifying Home : Third Culture KidsThird culture kid: A child who spends parts of developmental years in cultures outside of their parents’. The journey of a third culture kid involves constant transition, voyaging from one non-native culture to another. It may seem like a dream for some - to be able to spend years in different countries, soaking up traditions, watching different horizons, walking down streets resounding different foreign languages and the excitement of boarding a plane to a brand new, temporary home. As magical as it may sound, the real struggle occurs in “identifying” with a culture as one’s own. The struggle is in identifying “home”. Struggles of a TCK: 1. The most annoying question: Where are you from? -Providing in-depth explanations of each life-transition can be exhausting. 2. Long-Distance Friendships and Relationships - Goodbyes are frequent and painful. TCKs are forced to leave close friends to form new ones in a new place on a regular basis. 3. Competence -Adapting to different sets of spoken and unspoken rules and norms can influence competence. TCKs' behaviours and skill set could be acceptable in one culture and forbidden in another. Therefore, the sense of self and being good at something changes according to feedback acquired from different environments. 4. The Imposter Syndrome - Some TCKs face troubles accepting or acknowledging their own potentials and achievements, due to the underlying fear of not "really having what it takes" or "not belonging" Strategies to overcome these struggles:1. Avoid Generalization - Discard generalized statements or assumptions about a culture before entering it. Avoid statements like “They’re all good at math” or “They’re all materialistic”. Freely engage with people and be open to learning the ways of a new culture. You might just find great friends and a fulfilling temporary home. 2. Keeping an open mind – Focusing on the bright side of being a third culture kid could ease the process. Perks of being a TCK include; being able to speak multiple languages, broader assimilation of world views, and the ability to be flexible and adaptive in novel situations. 3. Finding Support - Parents and schools can work together to ensure smooth transition. A helping hand goes a long way in enabling TCKs to cope with major life changes. They can be isolated, withdrawn, anxious, angry or throw tantrums. Noticing these changes and addressing them is crucial.Sources: https://bit.ly/2QVZtRwhttps://bbc.in/2QXybKxhttps://bit.ly/30pGl1e - Juanita, Admin Intern.

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