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Charlotte Wittenkamp

Charlotte Wittenkamp is an organizational psychologist who counsels international transfers, immigrants, and foreign students in overcoming culture shock. Originating from Denmark, where she worked in organizational development primarily in the finance industry, Charlotte has lived in California since 1998. Her own experiences relocating lead down a path of research into value systems and communication patterns. She shares this knowledge and experience through speaking and writing and on her website USDKExpats.org. Many of these “learning experiences” along with a context to put them in can be found in her book Building Bridges Across Cultural Differences, Why Don’t I Follow Your Norms?. On the side, she leads a multinational and multigenerational communication training group.

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The Spat

"Our personal relationship with conflict is one difference, but depending on culture, people also share different norms for which level of disagreement can or can’t be hashed out in public." ...

Small Town, Anywhere?

"How do you define “smart, good, important, or special”? How do you define “success”? Where do you stand on reciprocity (giving back) vs paying forward?" ...

TMI / TLI

"Have you ever encountered a silence after sharing something that whispered TMI? Have you had something shared with you that you didn’t know what to do with – and you thought TMI?" ...

The “Shark Kiss”

"Through the years, we learned many other things over the dinner table – and, above all, we learned on a deep emotional level that sitting around the dinner table and having real conversations was a gift." ...

What is Enough?

"What kind of needs are we filling with expensive stuff or namedropping? What makes you feel important? What makes you feel that another person is important? What is it really, to impress, anyway?  Is it to prove that I am better than you?" ...