Are we the same, or are we different?

There are two different beliefs which make a big difference in terms of how we approach people from different cultures. Firstly, there is the belief that all people are fundamentally the same, and that there are only small differences between them like language, food, etc. Secondly, there is the belief that people from different cultures have very different beliefs, values…

5 Beliefs to Adapt That Support Cultural Hybridity

Today I would like to discuss 5 beliefs to adapt that can support you in becoming a cultural hybrid. So, just to be clear on this, a cultural hybrid is an individual who is able to synthesize the beliefs of his or her culture of origin, with the beliefs of his or her host culture. 1. All beliefs are just…

The Relationship Between Culture and Productivity

I would like to start this article by describing how I personally maintain my own levels of productivity. This has two reasons: firstly, it could potentially give you some inspiration on how to be more productive yourself. And secondly, I am going to talk about why this way of maintaining productivity isn’t going to work for all cultures around the…

Overcoming the Expatriate Stress of Mental Overload

As long as everything goes as planned, our intuitive mind does most of the work. It recognizes patterns we have encountered in the past and lets us adjust our behaviour accordingly. All without us having to put in much conscious effort. Living overseas, however, means that we are constantly confronted with behaviour that simply doesn’t fit into the patterns we…

Balancing Your Intuitive- and Your Reflective Mind

Both, your intuition, as well as your conscious thinking are extremely important. Yet they work in very different ways. Your intuitive mind is basically a pattern-recognition machine, which works constantly in your subconsciousness, and has an extremely high capacity to process information. While you go through your life, your subconsciousness constantly monitors your environment, and ensures that you adjust your…

Are you living in the past, the present, or the future?

Our cultures are predisposing us to either of these three possible orientations towards time. For those living in the past, a sense of order is extremely important. Most often, this is a result of our forefathers growing up in an environment that was characterized by extreme levels of uncertainty, such as the desert. Very clear rules and frameworks that all…

Living in the Age of Uncertainty: Two Simple Techniques That Helped Me

Our brain can not rest unless we are in a very predictable environment. Think about it: in the past, predictability meant survival. If you didn’t know your surroundings well enough, you could always get bitten by a poisonous animal, eat some poisonous fruit, or get stuck in a marshland and suffocate. Obviously, most of these problems aren’t really problems in…

3 Types of Stress Expats Have to Learn How to Deal With

Culture has evolved in the process of natural selection, in order to enable human beings to adapt to the challenges of different types of environments. Without culture, humans would’ve never been able to develop the igloo or the kajak and without these tools, living in freezing environments like the Antarctica would’ve been impossible. However, when we are talking about ‘adapting’…