Marcus's eye-opening study of peoples' emotional ties to their houses, apartments, cottages, trailers and other dwellings offers useful, often startling perspectives on what makes a house a home. Maintaining, as did Carl Jung, that one's home is a symbolic mirror of one's inner self, of unconscious wishes and emotions, she interviewed approximately 60 people in their domestic settings, some over a 10-year period. Several respondents excessively bonded to a residence or its contents as a substitute for close relationships with people; at the opposite extreme were those who were unable to settle down in one place because having a permanent abode was fraught with unresolved emotional issues from childhood. Marcus, an architecture professor at UC-Berkeley, ably explores how personal crises, the need for privacy, couples' power struggles, divorce and career changes affect one's feelings about, and design of, one's living environment. Case studies, self-help exercises and informants' color drawings (not seen by PW) of their dwellings support her presentation. 40,000 first printing; $80,000 ad/promo; QPB selection; author tour. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Paper edition of a 1991 work examining the psychic bonds that grow between people and their physical environments, from infancy to adulthood, and how those bonds affect an array of other aspects of life. Deeply influenced by Carl Jung's discussion of the building of his own house in , the author explores, through a number of different stories, how people treat the idea of home and how this is reflected in childhood memories, the adult choice of home, excessive or insufficient bonding to home, the establishment of a home by people in relationships, and the relationship of home to ego. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.