Magazine article Psychology Today

The Doors Are Always Open

Magazine article Psychology Today

The Doors Are Always Open

Article excerpt

WE GO TO stores to shop and restaurants to eat, but some commercial places mean more to us than the things we buy there. From your neighborhood bookstore to the corner pub, the most meaningful spots between work and home, also known as "third places," evoke a sense of homeyness. Here's how we bond with them. -Colleen Park

SOCIAL SECURITY

In one study, staff at a French wine bar were likened to protective "godfathers' who treated customers like relatives. Such familiarity between staff and customers can foster an expectation of fairness and safety, Université Paris-Est psychologist Alain Debenedetti and colleagues write in the Journal of Consumer Research. Customers' degree of attachment to a restaurant is also tied to how similar in status andcharacterotherdiners seem to them, a Florida State University study suggests.

FREE RANGE

Some shoppers at IKEA Beijing feel so cozy that they can be seen napping on the display furniture. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.