The Role of the Home in Mental Health
by Bonaro W. Overstreet - 1955
Among our human institutions, the home is at once the most ordinary and the most strange. It is, on the one hand, the common-place expression of an instinct that belongs not to man alone but to the beasts of the forest and the birds of the air: the instinct that makes the parent creature provide a place for the growth of a new generation within each species. On the other hand, it is as strange as the nature that distinguishes man from all other beings—the nature that makes him both an individual and a member of a shared society and a cultural tradition.
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