Does a child’s psychological development determine how successfully he/she will cross cultures later on in life? Certainly it does, even though it is not the sole determining factor. In this short article, I will contend that child development is one of the major factors contributing to a cross-cultural workers ability to cross cultures well. In so doing, I would like to highlight that the process of uprooting a person from one’s home country and familiar support system, leaves a person feeling extremely insecure. With the additional difficulty of language acquisition and dealing with culture shock, the whole process shakes a person to the core. And it is precisely the challenge to one’s identity and worth that makes self-esteem such an important variable in being able to handle the changes and adjustments required in crossing cultures.
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