the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Articles
  3. The Psychology of Home

The Psychology of Home

The Psychology of Home
© www.<a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a>.org / Tysto
© www.Wikimedia.org / Tysto

The psychology behind what we consider or value to be our homes presents some interesting concepts. While it is easy to answer the question “Where are you from?” when someone is asked “Where is home for you?” the resulting answer may be influenced by a variety of perceptions of what home really is. A recent article entitled The Psychology of Home: Why Where You Live Means So Much discusses such implications. Read more after the break.

Environmental psychologist Susan Clayton of the College of Wooster explains that a person’s home is part of their self-definition, which is a reason we decorate and modify the immediate surroundings to our taste – displaying their homes as an extension of themselves. It is human nature to want to belong to a place, but also we want to be special. Thus, maybe the suburbs or a rural town that was an individual’s childhood home may not always be the image of yourself you want to project. Rather, it can be common to identify with another place or milieu of greater distinction.

Another interesting concept discussed is the Western viewpoint of home with a quote from a William S. Sax book on Hindu pilgrimage: “People and the places where they reside are engaged in a continuing set of exchanges; they have determinate, mutual effects upon each other because they are part of a single, interactive system” – a conception of home held by many South Asians. Interestingly, Sax is quoted as saying “your psychology, and your consciousness and your subjectivity don’t really depend on the place where you live…they come from inside – from inside your brain, or inside your soul or inside your personality.” With many South Asian communities a home isn’t just where you are, it’s who you are.

© www.<a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a>.org / RamirBorja
© www.Wikimedia.org / RamirBorja

The article presents an interesting take on the traditional Western preconceptions of home and contrasts them with numerous examples. Read the full article here.

References: www.theatlantic.com Photographs: www.wikimedia.org user: Tysto, RamirBorja

About this author
Tim Winstanley
Author
Cite: Tim Winstanley. "The Psychology of Home" 13 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/198626/the-psychology-of-home/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.