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"By using the skills and exercises that Debra and Charise illustrate in their book, you can get back on your feet and transition into your new lifestyle overseas."

Tracy Garringer, Former U.S. Embassy Expatriate Wife,
Bangkok, Thailand



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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: The Untold Story

PART ONE: YOUR IDENTITY IN TRANSITION
Chapter 1 The Starting Place: Your Identity Before the Decision to Move Overseas
Chapter 2 Stories and Diagrams: Clarifying Your Identity
Chapter 3 Aftermath and Departure: Your Identity After the Decision to Move Overseas
Chapter 4 The Impact of the Foreign Culture on Your Identity
Chapter 5 Your Identity in Transition




PART TWO: THE TURNING POINT
Chapter 6 The Turning Point: The Wheel
Chapter 7 The Hub of The Wheel: Commitment




PART THREE: PERSONAL RESOURCES:
The Inner Spokes of The Wheel
Chapter 8 Resource #1: Ability to Let Go
Chapter 9 Resource #2: Ability for Self-Knowledge
Chapter 10 Resource #3: Ability to Manage Stress
Chapter 11 Resource #4: Ability to Access Support
Chapter 12 Resource #5: Ability to Be Open-Minded




PART FOUR: TOOLS FOR CHANGE:
The Outer Spokes of The Wheel
Chapter 13 Tool #1: Re-establishing a Sense of Stability and Security
Chapter 14 Tool #2: Communication with the Self
Chapter 15 Tool #3: Communication with Others
Chapter 16 Tool #4: Re-establishing a Support Network
Chapter 17 Tool #5: Acceptance
Chapter 18 Tool #6: Seeking Out Internal Activities
Chapter 19 Tool #7: Seeking Out External Activities




PART FIVE: THE WHEEL IN MOTION
The Outer Spokes of The Wheel
Chapter 20 Your Portable Identity: Using The Wheel Wherever You Go, Including Repatriation


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