Paradox of the TCK: Advantages and Challenges

In Ruth E. Van Reken and David C. Pollock’s book “Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds,” the many facets of a TCK’s personality is explored. From being highly mobile to being exposed to a multitude of different cultures, the authors explain that often it is a balancing act when it comes to TCK emotions.

Below is an infographic detailing the paradoxical personality characteristics of a TCK and how being a TCK is both challenging and advantageous.



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