Analysis Of The U-Cruved Adjustment Model

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Shannon had visited family in Montreal in Canada once in the past as a traveller, and she kept in touch with her cousins as much as she could. Athough she has visited Canada before, it was only for a short period of time, therefore she would not have experienced many intercultural miscommunications that one would if they were migrating. Due to family circumstances, it was only Shannon and her Mother moving to Montreal, because her Brother was in his most important year at highschool at the time. Shannon was upset that her Mother was making her move and felt like she was splitting the family apart. Although she was raised to be respectful and well mannered, she did not agree with her Mother’s decision.

Culture is generally considered the main
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The model breaks down the stages of culture shock, starting with the initial and optimistic phase, to the stressful phase, then to finally the phase of regained adjustment. When Shannon first arrived in Canada, her initial feeling was excitement, because her new environment was full of people she had not met, food she had not tried and places she had not seen. Oetzel (2009) suggests that this initial phase can be called the honeymoon phase of the model, as your mood is high and everything is new and exciting. Shannon learned how easy it was to meet people and make friends, all because you sounded different. Shannon was a foreigner and she now had an accent, which she had never experienced before. Her initial experience of school life in Canada was just like the American movies, with the long lockers and crowded cafeterias. She loved going to school because she was the ‘new girl’ that everyone wanted to …show more content…
They are judgements that we make consciously and sometimes subconciously about other individuals around us. The process of making attributions is natural, and it is basically our brains collecting information and making sense of it, even if it is interpreted wrong (Oetzel, 2009). It is rare that attributions are correct, as it is more than likely that the attribution made is inaccurate. There are seven types of attribution errors, including egocentric bias, fundamental attribution error and premature closure. Egocentric bias is viewing our own behaviour as normal, and using this as the standard to judge others’ behaviour (Oetzel, 2009). An example of this attribution error, is when Shannon was taking a boy she was looking after to the park. She asked a man approaching where the bathrooms were, and he replied with “you’re english, there must be something wrong with you”. Shannon felt shocked and bothered that the man would make her feel lower than the locals of Montreal, because she was from an English speaking country. The man judged Shannon for not being a French speaker, and used this as a reason to speak to her in a rude way, making her feel

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