Place Attachment Theory

‘Place attachment’ is the emotional bond between a person and a place and is one of the main concepts of environmental psychology. Places often gain meaning because of life milestones, times of personal growth; it is highly influenced by an individual and his/hers personal experiences. Usually, emotions associated with this attachment are positive and connote feelings of happiness and love. Negative emotions and experiences are also capable of giving places significance. Although landscapes do not always carry an emotional attachment, they can be symbolic.  Place attachment can evoke feelings of nostalgia and homesickness.

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