Some Place Like Home | III
If you know me, you know I love analyzing different personality types and how they affect our daily living. Toby Israel, in her book Some Place Like Home, discusses the difference between introverts and extroverts and how this relates to one's home. I was particularly struck by a quote she references from environmental psychologists Altman and Chemers:
"A person who is successful at regulating openness/closedness not only comes to know where he or she begins and ends but also is able to develop a competence at controlling life events. If a person... is consistently more lonely and isolated than desired, or if a person cannot prevent intrusion... then it is hard to see how that person can have a clear sense of self."
Knowing your personality type (here with regards to introversion and extroversion) and being able to create an environment that caters to your type, is essential to one's sense of control as a human. If an extrovert consistently feels more lonely than desired or if an introvert consistently feels intruded upon, their life will feel out of control. Of course, this is a very black and white way of thinking about it, but it's still helpful to take into consideration when designing a home.