Why “home” has become more of a feeling than a physical place https://t.co/3xOgjhEV65
— Psychology Today (@PsychToday) July 2, 2017
Over my past six decades, I’ve moved more than a dozen times, and even though this number seems high to me personally, statistically it’s normal. As someone who prefers to stay in one place, whenever the thought of moving has come up, I have pondered several questions: Why do people move? What are the effects of moving? Where is home?
I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more difficult the act of moving is, both physically and psychologically. The fact is, the longer you live in one place, the more you accumulate and need to get rid of, which is stressful in and of itself; but outside of the decision of what to keep and what to toss, the act of moving simply becomes more stressful.
In her 2010 article in the New York Times, writer Sarah Kershaw examined why some people move more than others. One person she interviewed claimed that he moved a lot because he was always looking for a better and more reasonable place to live. While moving might signify a new beginning or a fresh new start, it might also symbolize disappointment and loss. Some psychologists believe that those who have a compulsion to move a lot are seeking external change to compensate for internal problems or challenges.