Depression of the Cities: Key to Healing


  • Konstantin Lidin Irkutsk State Railway University, Irkutsk, Russia



cultural geography, depression, social psychology, treatment


The problem of search of an authenticity of the cities looks very actual and draws attention of numerous researchers. In the article the analogy between the human person and the city in this problem is used. For the person, as well as for the city, awareness of own identity is necessary to resist depressive tendencies. It is shown that symptoms of depression of the person are similar to the ones for depression of the cities. The identity of the city necessary for opposition of a depression is offered to be looked for in two planes - historical and geographical (to be looked for in historical and geographical plane). The historical plane is made by local myths and legends of the city and its inhabitants. The geographical plane of identity is concentrated on features of relief, climate, flora and fauna of that region in which the city is located.


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Author Biography

Konstantin Lidin, Irkutsk State Railway University, Irkutsk, Russia

Konstantin Lidin, Ph.D., docent of Irkutsk State Railway University. The first diploma and a Ph.D.
degree in technical chemistry. Twenty years’ experience in ore dressing and production of paintwork
materials. The second diploma in practical psychology. More than twenty years’ experience as psychotherapist
(frustration of the emotional sphere, psychosomatic frustration, neurosises). The third
diploma, in 2015, in HR management. At the same time worked as the consultant in architectural and
design projects. Co-author and participant in more than fifteen projects. The winner of the “Crystal
Dedalus” (the highest architectural award of Russia) in 2011 for participation in the “Historical Quarter
in the City of Irkutsk” project. Author of six books and about one hundred articles. Area of scientific
interests: psychology of emotions, behavioral economy, perception of territories, cultural geography,
urban development.


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How to Cite

Lidin, K. (2015). Depression of the Cities: Key to Healing. Studies of the Industrial Geography Commission of the Polish Geographical Society, 29(2), 171–179.