The Power of Place: How Our Surroundings Shape Our Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions

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HarperCollins, Jan 30, 2007 - Psychology - 256 pages
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Are New Yorkers and Californians so different because they live in such different settings? Why do some of us prefer the city to the country? How do urban settings increase crime? Why do we feel better after an experience in nature?

In this fascinating and enormously entertaining book, Winifred Gallagher explores the complex relationships between people and the places in which they live, love, and work. Drawing on the latest research on behavioral and environmental science, THE POWER OF PLACE examines our reactions to light, temperatiure, the seasons, and other natural phenomena, and explores the interactions between our external and internal worlds.

Gallagher's broad and dynamic definition of place includes mountaintops and the womb, Alaska's hinterlands and Manhattan's subways, and she relates these settings to everything from creativity to PMS, jet lag to tales of UFOs.

Full of complex information made totally accessible, THE POWER OF PLACE offers the latest insights into the many ways we can change our lives by changing the places we live.

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THE POWER OF PLACE: How Our Surroundings Shape Our Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The concept of place has been given relatively short shrift since the overthrow of environmental determinism. In this open, thoroughgoing, effective study, however, freelance journalist Gallagher (The ... Read full review

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User Review  - mrtall - LibraryThing

There are some interesting ideas here, but I found Gallagher's style offputting and eventually unreadable. I can't quite say why, except to note that she manages to take a subject that's inherently ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Winifred Gallagher is the author of House Thinking, Just the Way You Are (a New York Times Notable Book), Working on God, and Spiritual Genius. She has written for numerous publications, including Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. She lives in Manhattan and Dubois, Wyoming.

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