Why do people become attached to cars, dolls and teddy bears? After all, they are inanimate objects! Ever notice how familiar places become attached to memories and how control over places can give “home-field” advantage in difficult interactions? Why do some people give directions using numbers and compasses and others use imagery? How is our psychology impacted by natural disasters like floods, earthquakes and volcanoes? How does extreme weather impact our moods? How does living in large cities impact our psychology? What are the optimal settings for a restorative environment such as vacations and retreats?
This course studies how atmospheric conditions, and geographical settings both motivate and constrain our memories, emotions and imagination in unsuspected ways. What principles and practices govern our attachment, projection, detachment and transformation of places, spaces and things. This class is experiential, practical and makes you curious about things you usually take for granted. It should be a lot of fun! Required Book: Gallagher, Winifred (1994) The Power of Place, HarperCollins General Public/Members: $88/$82 Eight Sessions
Your Teacher: Bruce has been a night-school college teacher for 27 years and most of his teaching has been with working adults. He has taught in alternative college settings, in prisons, in the Air Force, in the Navy, and has taught in community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has written three books on the application of Russian Lev Vygotsky’s work to world history. He is also a pen-and-ink artist. For Questions and a syllabus please email Bruce Lerro: Goethe48@pacbell.net.
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