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The Emotionally Resilient Expat - Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures


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Foreword (Tina L Quick) Preface Introduction Part 1: Understanding expatriate, cross-cultural life Chapter 1: Expatriate, cross-cultural life Chapter 2: Identity issues in expat life Chapter 3: Other key issues in expat life PART 2: Pieces of the emotional resilience puzzle Chapter 4: Emotional resilience Chapter 5: Emotional and social intelligence Chapter 6: Cultural intelligence and intercultural competence Chapter 7: Brain-body connections and positive psychology PART 3: Putting it all together Chapter 8: Enhancing emotional resilience Chapter 9: Connecting externally Chapter 10: Connecting internally Chapter 11: Communication Chapter 12: Visualization Chapter 13: Optimism PART 4: The emotional resilient expat Chapter 14 Factors in emotional resilience Chapter 15: Continuing the Conversation Afterword (Julia Simens) References and Resources Contributors Index About the Author

About the Author

Linda Janssen is a writer, speaker, consultant, global adventurer and cultural enthusiast. With a B.A. in International Relations and a Masters in Public and International Affairs, she has spent nearly three decades working in and around the international arena. Passionate about exploring and learning across cultures, she has traveled to more than 30 countries on five continents, and lived in the US, Mexico and the Netherlands. Her website,, contains resources, information and her popular blog on topics of interest in expatriate, cross-cultural life. She is married to an adult Third Culture Kid, the mother of two TCKs, and lives with her family in the Netherlands.


"Using personal story and solid theory in her groundbreaking book on emotional resilience, Linda A. Janssen guides those facing the challenges of cross-cultural living to dig under the initial rocky surfaces of overseas life to discover - and use - the rich gold of their own experience. A great resource for expats of all backgrounds." Ruth E. Van Reken, Author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds "Janssen's work is sure to be a stand out in any expatriate or cross-cultural arena. She eloquently, articulately and incisively delves into areas previously considered taboo in order to highlight how we can all gain mastery over whatever life throws our way. I will definitely be referencing Janssen's material when working with TCKs, expat parents and international students." Tina L Quick, Author, The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition, "A practical guide in the art of managing the risks of overseas life in ways that will promote endurance and effectiveness. Full of honest and hope-filled stories from the lived experience and life-long learning of Janssen and her dozens of expatriate contributors. An invaluable companion for expats who want to know that they are not alone." Duncan P. Westwood, PhD, (C)OACCPP Clinical Director of Expatriate Care & Development, International Health Management "As with any food rich in nutrition, this book is best sampled regularly and digested slowly." Drs. Douglas W. Ota, NIP Psychologist, NMI Mediator, Family Therapist,

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