The only expectation one can have when returning to visit a childhood home is to be deeply moved in the most unexpected ways. For millions of Americans each year, that journey conjures many emotions, offering a psychological exploration unlike any other. This book describes the experiences of adults who visit a childhood home and the psychology behind their visits. Seeing the buildings, schools, parks and playgrounds from their past helps to establish the psychological and emotional link between the child in the old photographs and the person they are today.
Jerry M. Burger is professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University.
Chapter 1 Returning Home Chapter 2 A Theory of Home Attachment Chapter 3 A Child's World Chapter 4 A Place to Be Chapter 5 A Place to Grow Chapter 6 A Place to Heal Chapter 7 When There's No Place Like Home Chapter 8 The Bigger Picture