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Russian spleen or why we long for our homeland

All immigrants are familiar with homesickness. Some have it stronger, some weaker, but according to psychologists, everyone who has left their homeland goes through it.

Why does this happen? We leave for opportunities, achievements and a better life. We are glad that our children will get a good education, get good jobs, will be able to do what they love. But still, sometimes we want to go back to our childhood, walk in familiar streets, or at least stop feeling lonely.

We are "one of us" in the homeland


Psychologists explain it this way: in the process of adaptation immigrants seem to lose their role, as they have to start life anew, from scratch. In the home country everything was clear and understandable, close and familiar. But in another country there is no basic feeling of safety. Everything is strange, unfamiliar, alien, and sometimes there is a feeling of inferiority. And that is why I instinctively want to go back to my homeland, where "everything is simple and familiar, for a day.

Children's impressions are the strongest


The first years of a child's life have a very important influence on him. One mother told a story: "When I saw port and shipbuilding cranes in the port of Savannah, I would freeze in admiration and always think of Russia. For a long time, I was looking for the reason, until my father once told me that he often took me on a picnic on the Yenisei, where just stood similar cranes. I wasn't even three years old at the time, but I remembered it!"

We involuntarily absorb everything around us. That's how the brain and psyche works. And when we immigrate to Canada or the U.S., memories are not erased. They continue to live inside, sometimes stirring the soul.

And we miss our homeland. For the feelings we had back then. The memories, the places, the smells, the impressions. And we will always miss it.