Each year millions of American adults visit a childhood home. Few can anticipate the effect it will have on them. Often serving several important psychological needs, these trips are not intended as visits with people from their past. Rather, those returning to their homes have a strong desire to visit the places that comprised the landscape of their childhood. Approximately one third of American adults over the age of thirty have visited a childhood home. This book describes some of their experiences andthe psychology behind the journeys. Most people who visit a childhood home are motivated by a desire to connect with their past. Seeing the buildings, schools, parks, and playgrounds from their youth helps to establish the psychological and emotional link between the child in the black-and-white photographs and the person they are today. Many people use the trip to get in touch with the values and principles they were taught as children, often as a means to get their lives back on track. Others use thatjourney to strengthen emotional bonds between themselves and loved ones. Still others return to former homes to work through psychological issues left over from sad or traumatic childhoods. No matter the reason, there are few experiences in one's life that can move a person as deeply and unpredictably as returning home.
eBookMall recently interviewed Jerry M. Burger. Here is an excerpt:
What do you remember the most about the first time you returned to your childhood home?
"The most amazing thing for me was how seeing even an insignificant place would trigger a vivid memory. As I walked around my old neighborhood and schools, it seemed every corner, every bench, every tree reminded me of a conversation that had once happened in that exact spot. These were not important conversations, but rather experiences that might never have come to mind without putting myself in the place where they happened."
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