Just wondering if there were any fellow forumites that would be classified as "Third Culture Kids" (or TCK's), as well as to hear any insights that others have had on the topic. (Technically I'd currently be an ATCK- Adult TCK)
A TCK is described as "someone who [as a child] has spent a significant period of time in one or more culture(s) other than his or her own, thus integrating elements of those cultures and their own birth culture, into a third culture". (Wikipedia) I spent four years as a child in Northeastern Brazil. And to add to that, my dad grew up as a TCK in Brazil and my mom grew up as a TCK in Jamaica, so our family never had many of the traditions and cultural nuances that most people take for granted who have spent their whole lives in the USA.
There have been some studies and books on the topic, and there a number of general characteristics that TCKs normally have in common- A few off the top of my head:
-Usually can get along with most people.
-Can "blend" in new surroundings.
-Never feel that they "fit in" or are completely a part of one culture.
-Ofthen feel like the "odd one out".
-Insecure in some areas.
-Feel "out of sync" with others of their age group- often more "mature" in their teens, but feel "behind" in their 20s.
-Tend to be detatched emotionally from cultural events, sometimes called "participant observers". Difficult to stop "observing", even when they are a part of the event.
I know I feel like most of those describe me to a "T"... So anyone else out their fit the description, or know someone who does?
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