Why are astronauts overwhelmed by strong dissatisfaction with the surrounding world upon their return to Earth?
The reason is a little-studied phenomenon: strong emotional experiences every time an astronaut or an astronaut looks at our planet from orbit. Radical changes are taking place in the inner world of a person, the perception of the planet, humanity and our culture is changing.
Psychologists call this phenomenon the “review effect”. Researchers believe that it appears only in those who are in space.
While working in orbit, many astronauts suddenly feel the vulnerability of the Earth. For example, such feelings arose in Yuri Gagarin, Edgar Mitchell, Alexander Misurkin, Scott Kelly and others, they often talked about this in interviews and wrote in their autobiographies.
According to the cosmonauts, from orbit, the Earth appears as a fragile,” hanging in the void ” and protected only by a thin layer of atmosphere, which you want to protect and preserve for the future generation of earthlings.
In addition, people are beginning to see our planet as a whole, a single world, without state borders, which are usually plotted on maps, without dividing into “friends” and “strangers”. As a result, astronauts have a feeling that humanity is one big family, not divided by racial, religious or some other characteristics.
It is curious that the” review effect ” can haunt astronauts for a long time after returning home. It becomes difficult for such people to live in society, they are overwhelmed by strong dissatisfaction with the state of the world, because many earthlings continue to fight, destroy forests, that is, they still do not appreciate our planet and are trying in every possible way to destroy its fragile ecosystem..
In the NASA photo, Astronaut Karen Nyberg looks at the Earth while inside the Dome module on the ISS. The picture was taken in 2013.