EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE: amongst many other keeping in mind that ‘we evolved in small groups where you would know up to 150 people in your life time, and  interact in positive and negative ways. And if it was negative you had the options of migration and removal or conflict. And as culture has developed to a global culture where we have run out of places to escape. Yet we have these remarkable coping behaviours which allow us to pretend that were still back at the camp fire enjoying life with a small group of  people instead of a city of millions where we don’t know our neighbours let alone the people around us.’ -Stephen Hopper.

SHALLOW /DEEP INTERACTION: the degree one is expected to disclose one’s condition or state of being.
Examples: within American/British/English speaking workplaces people commonly ask each other ‘How are you?’  yet don’t care about a truthful answer. Within Sweden that is said to be absent, social networks are usually firmed up in their 20’s and do not converse much with those outside these. – Professor Henrik Christensen (BBC Forum 11.June.2011)

HIGH /LOW CONTACT SOCIETY: the percentage of individuals one is expected to chat with during daily life. Term taken from Siddhartha Deb’s book, .
Examples: America: relationships with colleagues are not expected to infringe on time outside of work, cleaning ladies do not expect to be talked to. India: almost everyone including cleaning ladies will expect one and one’s partner to chat with them.


  1. “We depend on our surroundings obliquely to embody the moods and ideas we respect and then to remind us of them. We look to our buildings to hold us, like a kind of psychological mould, to a helpful vision of ourselves. We arrange around us material forms which communicate to us what we need – but are at constant risk of forgetting what we need – within. We turn to wallpaper, benches, paintings and streets to staunch the disappearance of our true selves.
    In turn, those places whose outlook matches and legitimates our own, we tend to honour them with the term ‘home’. Our homes do not have to offer us permanent occupancy or store our clothes to merit the name. To speak of home in relation to a building is simply to recognise its harmony with our own prized internal song. Home can be an airport or a library, a garden or a motorway diner [or a country].”
    – De Botton, Alain.  The Architecture of Happiness. Penguin 2006. Pg 107.
  2. ….


LONG TERM IMMIGRATION: the phenomenon when following prolonged and permanent settlement one still considers themselves an immigrant.


  1. A person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another.
  2. A plant or animal that establishes itself in an area where it previously did not exist.
  3. a person who immigrates. Compare emigrant
  4. (as modifier) an immigrant community
  5. Brit. a person who has been settled in a country of which he is not a native for less than ten years
  6. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Plants) an animal or plant that lives or grows in a region to which it has recently migrated.
    – Collins English Dictionary

MIGRATE intr.v. mi·grat·ed, mi·grat·ing, mi·grates

  1. To move from one country or region and settle in another.
  2. To change location periodically, especially by moving seasonally from one region to another.

POST (on a blog): a find


REFLECTIVE NOSTALGIA: more about individual and cultural memory, orientated toward an individual narrative that savours details and memorial signs. Reflective nostalgia cherishes shattered fragments of memory and temporalizes space, it is likely to be ironic and humorous.
– Svetlana Boym. “The Future of Nostalgia”. Basic Books, 2001, p49.

RESTORATIVE NOSTALGIA: evokes national past and future. It gravitates toward collective pictorial symbols and oral culture. Restorative nostalgia ends up reconstructing emblems and rituals of home and homeland in attempt to conquer and spatialize time, it is likely to takes itself dead serious.
– Svetlana Boym. “The Future of Nostalgia“. Basic Books, 2001, p49.


DEPRESSION: Anger you feel you do not have a right to have. Hopelessness.
(the affirmation to heal: ‘I now go beyond other people’s fears and limitations. I create my life.’)
– Louise Hay’s book Heal Your Life

Do you think these are accurate? Do you have any new terms to suggest?



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