Psychology in the Home

Psychology in the Home

I was recently asked by Hiscox to send over an image of a favourite aspect within my home that holds sentimental value and that best represents my character. It could have been an object, a room, a choice of décor or anything that I had some kind of emotional attachment towards. The reason for this? Celebrity psychologist and TV personality Dr Linda was going to provide a short, written evaluation of the psychology behind the piece – without knowing to whom it belonged. With this in mind, she was going to provide her thoughts on what sort of person I was.


So what did I choose? Well, I decided upon my Willow Tree Mother and Daughter figurine. I have had this since Grace was a small child. I purchased it as a memento. A keepsake to remind me of what I went through with her as a baby and how I would always strive to protect and guide her no matter what.

Firstly, Dr Linda summed up her thoughts on what ‘home’ says about you:

The way that our homes are decorated from the photos on the walls to the colour of the rugs comes down to decisions that we have made at one point or another in our lives– decisions about comfort, about utility and about what we value and want to express about ourselves.  If you take a minute to look around your home, you’ll find that many of the things that you don’t even notice anymore have at some point been things that you spent time reflecting on and thinking about.  The big stuff like the fact that you decided to put a window seat by the big bay-window in the bedroom so you could read, and the little stuff like the magnets on the fridge, all of these reflect not only your personality as an individual but also collectively the personality of your family and even how you’ve evolved or changed over the years.

 Psychologists call the subconscious way we develop our living spaces ‘behavioural residue’ reflecting our behaviours, values and choices over time.  It’s no surprise that home holds such emotional significance for us. It is a place of comfort, of security but also one where we can explore and develop our identities and let the rest of the world know that ‘this is who we are…’.  

Dr Linda then gave me her thoughts on my choice of figurine:

This lovely piece which appears to be displayed high on a table is probably meaningful not just in terms of the maternal relationship that it depicts but also in terms of the values that it denotes- the person it belongs to must value the love, protection and connection that it depicts and the fact that she has chosen to display it so prominently means that these things are hugely significant to her. 

Without even knowing me, and what I have dealt with, she couldn’t have hit the nail more squarely on the head! 

You can see more views from Dr Linda on other bloggers selected aspects over on the Hiscox website.

This is a collaborative post



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