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We do not choose the culture we are born into.

A culture can be defined by: 

traditions, beliefs, social institutions, achievements and behaviour characteristics of a particular nation, ethnic or social group.

Due to the group-focused nature of cultures - not every member fits in. Not all members: 

  • Feels a sense of belonging.

  • Feels confident about what decisions they make. 

  • Feels safe to share their feelings or opposing views.

  • Feels aligned with their cultures' values.

  • Feels their culture reflects their identity.

  • Feels comfortable to challenge the social norms.

  • Feels immune or indifferent to systemic issues.

Cultural stress can lead to a variety of mental health issues like emotional problems, relationship conflict, eating disorders and more.

Cultural Stress

Common affects of Cultural Stress

Overwhelming emotions, inability to express emotions, keeping secrets

Feeling anxious, depressed or pressured often

Not feeling settled into an identity

Frequent feelings of guilt and/or resentment

Fearful of challenging social norms

Having to carry a lot of emotional or financial burdens

Being trapped in culturally-imposed roles


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