In a TCK’s personal identity formation, there are three anchors, which paradoxically, also function as mirrors: family, place, and community. Beth Knuckles explains that these three things that, “give us a place of grounding and strength…are also mirrors – reflecting back the messages of who we are as seen by these entities.” Each move for a TCK perpetuates the (re)formation and (re)shifting of their unique anchors and mirrors. : : : So, a bit of advice from an ATCK : : : give TCKs the language to talk about their culturally complex experiences that begins with a conversation of *likeness* not of *difference* because ultimately if TCKs operate from an internalized message of “I’m different”, then they are more likely to struggle to adapt, find commonality, and integrate. Janet Bennett says that TCKs who do not process the fluidity of likeness and difference will be “terminally unique”…and not in a healthy way. Consider the anchors and be mindful of how they are mirrors in different scenarios.
Anchors & Mirrors
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Megan Norton has lived in ten countries, five U.S. States, and has visited more than 30 countries. She identifies as an Adult Third Culture Kid and Global Nomad. Megan currently works as an intercultural dialogue facilitator and English language instructor. Megan has presented her TCK research at multiple conferences including FIGT (2016, 2017), SIETAR-USA, NAFSA, IMI, and CIES. She holds a MA in Intercultural and International Communication, a MA in Strategic and Business Communication, and BA in Public Relations. Megan is passionate about ATCK transitions, especially at the university level as she has attended both U.S. and International universities. View all posts by adultthirdculturekid