American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Recognizing and Preparing the Narcissist for the Expatriate Experience: Practical Notes on Affecting Intercultural Communication Competence
Justin C. Velten, Ph.D.; Rian Alexander

Decades of research have revealed a robust field of knowledge regarding the role of interpersonal communication in the development of strong intercultural communication competence. Successfully moving and thriving among both co- and host cultures require proficient intercultural communication competence and oftentimes well-rounded expatriate preparation education and training. Narcissism is one of the most negative personality traits that can create issues during expatriate attempts to acculturate. However, there is a gap in the literature regarding this trait and how to effectively approach and prepare the narcissist for host-culture experiences. This paper, therefore, addresses narcissism, it’s effect on intercultural communication competence, and provides insight from nearly a decade of research-based expatriate training regarding the effective preparation of the narcissist toward a successful experience abroad.

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