Keep Your Life, Family and Career Intact While Living Abroad: What every expat needs to know
Cathy Tsang-Feign PhD
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MOVING ABROAD? WHAT EVERY EXPAT NEEDS TO KNOW.
The challenges of living in a foreign country don't begin and end with culture shock. If you’re planning a move abroad, you need to prepare yourself for the unique pressures, anxieties and personal and family problems common to all expatriates, which are often difficult to anticipate and a challenge to overcome, including:
- Culture shock: what is it really?
- Long-distance relationships with friends and family
- Affairs and other marriage-stressors
- Raising third culture kids
- Being single overseas
- Business travel booby-traps
- Expatriate burnout
- The unforeseen trials of returning home
- ...and much, much more
Expatriate psychologist Dr. Cathy Tsang-Feign uses real-life examples and easy-to-understand explanations to fully prepare you for a move abroad, and to help those already there to help themselves live a well-rounded, satisfying life.
On the principle that "awareness is half the cure," Dr. Tsang-Feign identifies and explains most of the common personal, relationship and family problems encountered by people living abroad: from the initial culture shock to the special joys and pitfalls of the expatriate experience, to the challenges of re-entering your own native country.
This expanded new edition contains new information on expatriate relationships and marriage, third culture kids, and a thorough guide to finding help abroad.
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"The essential survival guide. Must reading for anyone living abroad."
Louis Kraar, Senior Editor, Fortune
"In an easy-to-read, jargon-free book Cathy Tsang-Feign helps confront problems unique to the expatriate experience."
South China Morning Post
"The best survival manual I've come across. If you live overseas or are going to, read this and keep it beside your bed."
Fred Schneiter, author of Getting Along with the Chinese
needs to voice her or his feelings and not let things build. Otherwise, unresolved resentments will eventually leak out which can be even more damaging to the marriage. Open communication—the most vital ingredient in any relationship—will not only help resolve conflicts such as Peter and Joan’s, but prevent them from arising in the first place. Coping with jealousy Hard work, responsibility, and a fast-paced environment are not the only factors that contribute to stress. Jealousy, too,
people. It often takes a concerted effort to pull yourself away from work or duty. A holiday may not be beneficial for the job in the short run, but it will definitely be beneficial for your mental health and performance in the long run. In Gerard’s case, leaving China may be one of many options for change. But instead of immediately rushing into such a major decision, it is advisable to explore first. Taking a brief trip home will give him and the family a more realistic idea of the
patience. He or she must constantly grapple with the question: “When do I just give up and go home?” Irene was recently let go from her position as a marketing executive after twelve years with the company in Thailand. “I was optimistic to begin with, but after two months’ searching, I start wondering whether I’m better off moving back to Australia,” Irene said. A job is relatively easy to replace compared with the confidence which is lost as a result of unemployment. The thought
marriage partnership is under constant siege by myriad temptations. The ubiquitous gossip can give rise to worries and suspicions that would never have been taken seriously back home. This is especially true when one partner travels frequently. This sort of mistrust can do as much harm to a marriage as an actual adulterous act. In such a climate, assertions of fidelity can even add fuel to the fire of suspicion. “How can I reassure my wife that I don’t sleep around during my business trips?”
in town and they stopped speaking all afternoon. Thus, the effort of trying to avoid fights ironically makes arguments and fights inevitable. When there is tension between them, such couples tend to expect the next business trip will give each a chance to “cool off” and minor disputes to be forgotten. This in turn leads to problems remaining unresolved while they wait for the next separation to provide the “cure”. Frequent travel allows breaks for couples like Joe and Elaine. Yet at the