What if you were a third culture kid?



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Imagine waking up one day and suddenly realizing that you are more different than you ever imagined…

That scientific studies have been carried out to classify your ‘minority specie’ just like a laboratory rat.

That infact – there is a special terminology coined just for you.

If you Google it up you’ll find the analysis of you and all the research that has gone into trying to figure you out.

Books have been written about you.

Your social and psychological attitudes have been dissected and probed.

There are specific courses tailored in to instruct teachers on how to ‘deal with you’ or approach you.

It’s a queasy feeling to realize that you are looked upon by the entire world as a ‘social anomaly.’

This sudden realization can be humiliating, embarrassing, demoralizing.

On the other hand, it can be liberating, satisfying, and enlightening.

Whatever the case…It’s real.

It’s an X-men movie come true.

Third culture kids are globally misunderstood, set aside from others…and yes…third culture kids do have super powers.

They have unique qualities that are at times beyond reasonable comprehension to non third culture kids.

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The definition of a Third Culture Kid:

A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background.”

TCKs have incorporated different cultures into their thought processes which means that their thought processes are truly multicultural.

The phenomenon and global subculture of TCKs is becoming increasingly common as a result of globalization and frequent relocations overseas.

A TCK tends to exhibit the following traits:

  • They have a great cross-cultural understanding and tolerance
  • They are very adaptable
  • They often have high academic achievements
  • It is important for them to keep an international dimension in their lives
  • They feel different and out of synch with peers on return to a home-country
  • They often have a pro-longed adolescence
  • They feel rootless, have identity issues over where they belong and can often be nationalistic
  • They may have problems with commitment and interpersonal relationships
  • They tend to marry later and tend to divorce less

In other words third culture kids are like gypsies or nomads with no place to call home.

Home in this case is genuinely where the heart is.

The TCK community is like a unique country of its own, with it its own laws, principles and culture.

It can be a lonely place, it can be a grossly misunderstood place, and it could be the most enlightening place in the world.

Welcome to TCK country.

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