I saw a post that compared adoption to Stockholm Syndrome, the name given to those kidnapped who eventually identify with their captors [link to article].
It got me thinking about adoptees who no longer identify with their adopters, for reasons having to do with age, evolution, rematriation, etc. But I wanted to expand a little bit based on my experience every time I come back for an extended stay Stateside.
I’m dubbing this experience “Chaperone Syndrome”, and if I had to come up with a succinct definition, I would say: “The desire to avoid questions concerning connection to place by seeking accompaniment with such a local individual”.
I don’t find myself to be comfortable on my own here. This is quite similar to how I felt growing up, and yet quite different at the same time. If I’m with one of my siblings, or my mother, or friends, etc. I don’t have the same anxiety.
I’m throwing this out there to see if this resonates with anyone, and to gather further thoughts on the subject.