Researcher Ezenwa Olumba has coined a new term, “cognitive immobility”, to describe the sensation of not quite feeling at home. This can happen when you make a major life change, move, experience a loss, or recover from trauma.
For example, when you start dating, you may miss a past relationship, even if that relationship was not positive. Similarly, when you move, the new environment might feel like a let-down.
This cognitive immobility can lead to social isolation, trauma disorders, difficulty in forming new relationships, and a feeling of being “divided.” A fulfilling job, a sense of community, volunteering, and reflection can be ways to help resolve this feeling. (Insider)