Universal flats in same type of multi-storey “boxes” in dormitory areas – reality of all megalopolises. According to statistics, 95% of city dwellers live in metropolitan areas all in the second or third generation. And before all their ancestors were farmers and for centuries adhered completely different way of life. But all this idyll began to crumble with the invention of electricity. What’s the connection? Almost straight. Artificial lighting allowed to change natural rhythm of life, working with shifts, and for someone – generally to go to the night schedule. Working in shifts enabled humanity to build up its industrial might, the city – to grow larger, and eventually each particular person – be a social unit, a cog in the mega-corporations. And one who moved to the big city, started a completely different life. The results – chronic fatigue, aggression, depression and loneliness.
Welcome to “Big City Syndrome” membership!
Someone may object: in the big cities in Japan and China got higher population density – but people live there and their mind is in norm. All is due to a different structure of the eastern society. There doesn’t exists the practice of individualism, as we have. In these societies, there is a rigid hierarchy and subordination of the senior – whether at work, inside family. So the responsibility for all actions becomes not individual but collective.
1. Visual pressure – the abundance of advertising signs and a flickering things that attract attention. But even on the outskirts nobody is safe: the same type of multi-storey “boxes” in dormitory areas – is extremely harmful show to the psyche! The constant repetition of the same geometric elements (mostly square-rectangular shape, are not found in nature in its pure form) very quickly begins to oppress the psyche.
What are the consequences? Well known chronic fatigue syndrome. The abundance of visual information and often “wrong” can cause aggression.
2. Auditory pressure – the long-awaited silence – this time somewhere between 2 am and dawn. Of course, if you’re lucky, and under your windows doesn’t the alarm went off or scream drunken company. Some sources of sounds deserve special attention: for example, television or radio. What do they disseminate – information overload our mind: smth was stolen, blown up, smbd was killed, raped etc… And it’s not that the media shows only bad news, but the news about negative events from around the world come in nearly real time. And a decent psychic energy is needed to digest them and return you to everyday affairs.
What are the consequences? If you react emotionally to each episode – you are close to the clinic neuroses. Therefore, the mind develops its own defense mechanism: ignore anything that is not about the people in your inner circle. From older people can often hear: “If I will fall in the street and die – and no one would pay attention.” That’s right: this is a protective mechanism of all residents of large cities. And “O tempora, o mores” is not being.
3. Tactile pressure – so can be called very limited personal space of metropolis inhabitant. According to statistics, a person needs 3-4 times more living space than he holds in urban environments. On the account each square centimeter: at work, in transport, at home. As a result, someone regularly violates our personal boundaries.
What are the consequences? Irritation from the fact that in your personal space someone constantly flickers and you accumulate annoyance that spills in outbreaks of seemingly unmotivated aggression. After all, some of us manage to be alone in the morning in the shower. Until you hear a knock on the door and yelling: “Come out!”.
1. Symptom: loneliness
Special thanks to overcrowding! – Only in the city, you can feel what is a loneliness in the crowd. If you know the name of your neighbors in the stairwell – it is a rare case. Loneliness can occur even on a friends gathering. Friends are not to blame: in the case of extreme situations for them it is possible to count. But the tradition of the kitchen gatherings to intimate conversations happily disappears. Of course, yesterday’s discussion of shopping and gossip about colleagues are not categorized as intimate conversations. Why? No strength left. We spend all our irrepressible energy on a huge number of contacts “for business.” But sometimes we fel a sense “have no one to talk with.”
2. Symptom: regular depression
One of the reasons – imposed life stereotypes. It is necessary to be successful. It is necessary to look young. If you’re so smart, why you are so poor. I do not have car. I am a loser. There is a single, issued standard. In this age you have to do one thing, then something else. Those who have a “deviation”, is outsider. look askance. Meanwhile, the energy is spent on the implementation of the “foreign” tasks, left not enough neither the strength nor the time nor the desire for your own.
What is it, the average human being in an urban environment?
With chronic fatigue and chronic depression, constantly feel lonely and depressed, aggressive responsive to others, poorly represents his goals and diligently trying to catch the “fashion trends of the season” in all spheres of life – from the choice of clothing to profession choosing.
Bourgeois. Europeans have find out about the syndrome of the big city. And they began to move in masse to the suburbs, leaving the city under the office building.
Rational, is the most economical and, oddly enough, time-consuming. Try to work out a clear schedule of the day, often visit the open air, sleep enough and generally get up early. And slowly the body will begin to express it’s gratitude.
Futuristic. If you are sick of the single word “nature”, and you can not imagine my life without the city, then perhaps you – a transitional stage from village person to urban person, and the syndrome of the big city – the inevitable body break-up on this way. Do not worry, after 3-4 generations it will fade.