AN INTERVIEW ON EXPAT STRUGGLES DURING THESE UNUSUAL TIMES
It was a great honour to chat to clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Global Nomad’s World, Daniela Tomer. Daniela is also involved in Families in Global Transition, which is how we first met, and we share a passion for working with internationals on themes like transition and identity.
In this interview we cover:
- The idea of multiple identities. How does it happen that members within the same family may identify differently about their identity, despite being in a similar context? And how do we navigate this, personally – having many identities ourselves – and within our families?
- Language and therapy for expats. Why is it important to speak to someone who is expat specialized? And is this more important than having a counsellor who speaks your mother tongue?
- Relocating during the pandemic. Moving internationally is hard enough – how do we get through this, and even flourish? A first step: acknowledge that you are relocating in a very particular reality, and let’s work with what we have, not with what we wish we had.
- Expats struggling now especially – and some tips. We discuss the importance of investing in your local network (as far as possible, given the situation) but also your global network – because this is the community that will go with you, wherever you are.
Find the full video interview here.
I hope you enjoy it much as I did!
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Thank you so much for such an inspiring talk! I often felt uncomfortable with my family since they are not expats and thus they don’t always understand how can base my identity on more than one culture. However, this interview made me understand that your identity can be composed of different elements that you take from different cultures and/or places where you lived or live in, and that is also something beautiful that makes you unique. Thank you Vivian and Daniela.
I’m so glad you found this helpful! Isn’t it wonderful how we expats have the chance to draw on such a wide range of cultural inspiration?! And indeed, to build and enjoy a very unique and beautiful identity.