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What Could Be Done?

There are psychological interventions that can help us balance our mental focus on the past, present and future. To avoid being stuck in the past and become more present focused, we can write down something we are grateful for every day. And to become more future focused, we could imagine our “best possible self” five years from now – it worked for many people during the COVID lockdowns.

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The Entrapped Mind

Our conscious memory (made up of semantic and episodic memories) allows us to remember not just what happened in the past, but also basic knowledge of things around us. Specifically, episodic memory helps us remember or reconstruct events we experienced or events that could have happened in the p...

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The Three Stages Of Cognitive Immobility

According to research, there are three stages of cognitive immobility. The first entails becoming aware of the stress and anxiety caused by leaving the location where the mind is entrapped. During this stage, most migrants experience a lot of uncertainty, which hinders their effo...

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The Takeaway

We may associate cognitive immobility with people who migrate and indeed it may be very common for them, but cognitive immobility can affect anyone who is willingly or unwillingly moving away from something – be it a relationship, a home, a job, a feeling of safety or...

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Present In Body, Absent In Mind

When people cannot remain in locations because of conditions beyond their control, such as a war or family or work commitments, their bodies may physically move to a new world, while their minds are left behind – trapped in the previous location.

Thus, the...

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The Homeless Mind

Due to cognitive immobility, some people who have moved from their homes to new locations perpetually long to visit their old homes. But cognitive immobility still applies – when they do visit their old home, they immediately long to return to their new homeland.

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The Three Stages Of Cognitive Immobility

The third stage of cognitive immobility consists of deliberate efforts to retain values and seek goals that will alleviate the loss. This approach might consist of using artefacts to symbolise the lost home, such as art or images. It has also been argued that migrants could “make...

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Is There A Cure For Cognitive Immobility?

For now, it is evident that cognitive immobility has no perfect cure. But psychology offers some solutions which may prove to be useful, although they are yet to be investigated in the specific context of cognitive immobility.

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The Implications Of Cognitive Immobility

The implications of cognitive immobility are serious. For example, it could lead to problems integrating into a new place and making new friends — potentially making us even more trapped in the past as we don’t have an engaging present to distract us. Constantly being stuck in the past co...

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The Three Stages Of Cognitive Immobility

The second stage of cognitive immobility involves deliberate efforts to reclaim the lost or abandoned object, creating more tension than the first stage. Here, the person might engage in activities such as travelling to their ancestral land, reconstructing their memories and read...

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Cognitive Immobility And Homesickness

Cognitive immobility may be related to homesickness, but it is actually different. Homesickness is a feeling of longing for a previous home, whereas cognitive immobility is a cognitive mechanic that works on our attention and memory to mentally ...

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Cognitive Immobility

Cognitive immobility is a stressful mental entrapment that leads to a conscious or unconscious effort to recreate past incidents in one or more locations that one lived in or visited in the past. By doing so, we are hoping to retrieve what is missing or left behind.

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“An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” - Thomas A. Edison

If you have moved from one country to another, you may have left something behind – be it a relationship, a home, a job, a feeling of safety or a sense of belonging. Because of this, you will continually reconstruct mental simulations of scenes, smells, sounds and sights from those places – sometimes causing stressful feelings and anxiety.

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