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Home-Psych: The Psychology of Home and Decoration [Hardcover]

Joan Kron
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (Nov 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517541823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517541821
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,390,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars profound insight 11 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First of all excellent service. As a student of feng shui and domotherapy I recomend this book highly for its insight into the profound significance of what "decorating" or "adjusting" a home means to its owners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars People's houses are windows on their souls. . . 1 Oct 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This look at the way people's houses reflect themselves
and their relationships with others is a wonderful hybrid
of scholarship and popularization. Kron writes for
magazines, but her insights come from anthropology,
sociology and psychology -- and she's got a wonderful
sense of humor. If you've ever wondered about roped off
living rooms, guest towels which are never used
or cheap soap in an expensively sybaritic shower, this is
the book for you. It's a deceptively easy and pleasant read,
the anecdotes so nicely illustrating her points that I
reread it every couple years.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 19 Feb 2011
By Pamela M. Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ever wonder why you try so hard to have . . . or not have . . . your parents' decorating style? Why you feel compelled to place a velvet Elvis in your Ethan Allen dining room? Why you use red as a neutral, or prefer square lamps over curved ones? I wasn't looking for answers to such weighty questions because it had not dawned on me that decor was more than eye candy. I stumbled on the book in the library thirty years ago and purchased an old copy recently. I felt that this intelligent book gave me an important insight into how I furnish my home and the messages I send in my public space and the messages I express in my intimate space. I thought it was a very good book that reaches beyond its era of publication. I found it a good companion book to John Molloy's Dress for Success and/or Live for Success.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fraidy cat people 27 Mar 2014
By camellia lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i read this book when it first came out. loved it then and since decided i wanted my own copy. it tells a lot about people and why they decorate the way they do. also why they hire a decorator and are then afraid to touch things after said decorator got through. never did understand that mentality, but now i do. a lot of these fraidy cat people should just do what they want. it is after all their house, not the decorator's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Social Aspects of Decorating 6 May 2013
By cdevries - Published on Amazon.com
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Though written in the 1980s, this book is still well worth reading if you're interested in the psychology and sociology of interior design.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Dive Into Sociology 23 July 2006
By Jadxia Lauron - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book elaborates on all of the psychological aspects of why we decorate our home. It discusses both our need for beauty, our desire for social standing, the pressure to keep up with our social peers, and our cravings for homes beyond our financial means. Home-Psych is incredibly easy to read, written more like an anecdotal tale than an in-depth study. This, to me, is also the reason why it's not a keeper. While a wonderful read the first time through, once read the information is well-retained. There aren't sub-plots, complex nuances, or much missed substance to glean on the second read-thru. In short, I highly recommend obtaining and reading this book the first time... and then passing it on to someone new.
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