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Emotional Resilience in Expat Life: Part V (of V!)

 

Whew.

Finally.

This is it.

The last in the five-part series I’ve written on Emotional Resilience in Expat Life: FACTORS for the Emotionally Resilient Expat.

I laid the foundation in Parts I through III by covering a range of key concepts: identity development, emotional resilience, transition phases, change model, emotional & social intelligence and optimism.

Part IV looked briefly at ways expats, or anyone, for that matter, can help engender emotional resilience in their lives. Due to its length, I Am Expat split Part IV into two parts. Apologies if that caused it to become a bit disjointed.

Part V attempts to pull it all together, in what I refer to as FACTORS. [Trademark registration pending.]

As I explain in the article, that isn’t meant to be cutesy or clever. It’s a handy little mneumonic device I created to help me categorize all of the information into a formatĀ I could easily remember. I’m betting that if I need to sort what I’m finding in order to remember it, others will, too.

In a nutshell, FACTORS stands for:

  • FAMILY
  • AWARENESS
  • COMMUNICATION
  • TRANSITIONS
  • OPTIMISM
  • RITUALS
  • SOMETHING BIGGER THAN OURSELVES

If you get a chance, have a look. I hope it’s of value to you and yours.

In the meantime, I’ll continue working on the book. There is much more to do: additional concepts to research, stories to include, ideas to share. Oh, and writing it all down.

It’s going to take awhile. A long while. But that’s okay. I’ll just keep plugging along.

Thanks again for hanging in there as the pieces of the series were published; I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve appreciated all your support.

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