THE PROBLEM OF COLLECTIVE INTENTIONALITY FOR NEWCOMERS
In this paper I will discuss the process of assimilation in a new culture and the reasons why this assimilation is not always successful. As an example of unsuccessful integration, I will describe the Ulysses Syndrome a chronic illness that is affecting a growing number of newcomers. In the case of Ulysses Syndrome, the last stage of integration, which is supposed to be of contentment, is, in fact, often accompanied by chronic problems that impact the newcomers’ well-being from a physical and psychological point of view. I believe that reflecting on collective intentionality, especially in its pre-reflective singular and collective layers can shed light on the reasons why physical distress arises.