A Polish friend who emigrated to the states was amazed to see priests casually talking to parishoners after mass
This happens at every Polish church I have ever attended in the UK (at least 10 of them), all of which had priests from Poland - the culture in Poland itself clearly doesn't allow or accept it.
One thing that saddens me in modern Poland is the lack of basic sympathy at the suffering of others, especially the elderly.
Sadly, I am in total agreement. Everyone pretends to care about "babcia" or whoever the unfortunate member of the family is, but I suspect it's far more to do with making sure that the flat is left to them than anything else.
It's my personal experience as well, especially with regard to my mental health problems - even my own mother thinks it's something you can just stop "doing" (like not crossing the road when the lights are red, or something, lol).
It's impossible to explain to the average Pole that mental illness simply can't be just "switched-off", any more than you can just "stop" having cancer or a hernia.