Grace Allen, writing in Ideal Home, asks clinical Psychologist Roy Shuttleworth his opinions on childhood associations with home
Roy Shuttleworth, Clinical Psychologist, has provided a helpful explanation. “It’s no wonder that the majority of Brits look back on their childhood home with fondness and nostalgia, as evidence shows that our memories are programmed to remember the small, intricate details when we feel a sense of happiness. These stay with us into adulthood, which is why our memories are triggered by things like the smell of an old pine table or the print on a China cup”. He adds, “As the research suggests, we’re likely to try and recreate this sense of positive nostalgia in our own homes, often unconsciously. It’s for this reason that our homes tell a story, not just about our lives now, but also the properties we loved while growing up”.