Benefits and challenges of being a TCK

Impact of mobility

Benefits
  • Adaptable/flexible
  • Confidence in change (know you can do it)
  • Rich memory bank
  • Recognition of the importance of “now”
  • Value relationships
  • Independence/self reliant
  • Sensitivity
  • Empathy for others
  • Closure skills
Challenges
  • Rootless/restless
  • Migratory instinct
  • Difficulty in planning
  • Guardedness in relationships
  • Distrust in adults/power
  • Unresolved grief

Impact of transcultural experience

Benefits:
  • Global cultural collection
  • Broad base of knowledge
  • Observers
  • Adaptable
  • Flexible
  • Compliant
  • Less prejudicial
  • Suspend judgment
  • Mentors for others    bridges
Challenges:
  • “Hidden immigrant”
  • Uncertain in one’s own culture
  • Uncertain values
  • Perceived as socially slow
  • Appear to be “social chameleons”
  • Less assertive in new situations
  • Perceived as lacking conviction