We’re getting deep again today, people. Don’t worry, there is nothing to fear, just a deeper dive into one of the many reasons why we’re so passionate about the products that we provide and the services that we share. If you’re newer to the Taylor Fencing site, we welcome you enthusiastically! We’re a company that believes in family and we treat our customers as such. As you can learn in our Profile, Taylor Fencing was established in 1964 by Ken Taylor to offer premium fencing services including timber fencing, picket fencing, commercial and hoarding fencing, tubular fencing, chainmesh fencing and all types of residential fencing. Taylor Fencing was set up to cope with the growing demands of the rapidly expanding eastern corridor of metropolitan Melbourne. The business operated on the same site in Maroondah Hwy until May 2001 when it was moved to its current site in Rowville.
So, as you can see, we come to the table with more than 50 years of experience, and we believe that there’s no finish line when it comes to honing your craft. Part of that is the all-important art of sharing. We share knowledge, we share support, we share our craft with everyone around us. We share it with our competitors because we believe that when one of us wins, we all win. This blog is the perfect proof that we believe in information sharing. We see it as the best platform to provide tips and tricks, industry news and information, as well as information about our team and the products that we have in our inventory. You can always check this blog to gain a broader perspective on what’s going on not only in the fencing industry, but as broadly as home renovations and landscaping. Today, that means that we’re talking about the psychology of fences.
We’ve actually touched on this topic before, but as with any body of science, the psychology of products changes and evolves over time. And these new thoughts and opinions run concurrent with many news and pop culture elements of the day.
Let’s first look at politics. Obviously, the wall between the United States and Mexico has garnered much coverage. There’s even dissention among different looks, with some politicians believing that it should electrified and lethal. Others feel far more lenient and are simply looking for additional border patrol.
This isn’t the first time that this has happened history. Many of us remember the Iron Curtain, which separated two areas of Europe from the end of World War II, all the way through the Cold War in the 1980s. It truly was a black line, symbolizing its way for the Soviet Union to block itself and those states that it considered on its side away from Western Europe. You may have heard of The Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. These were both physical landmarks which embodied a time period of fear and disarray across Europe. Discontent in Poland travelled to Hungary, the German Democratic Republic (also known as East Germany), Czechoslovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. Romania, notably, was the only communist state in Europe at that time that actually took advantage of violence to overthrow a totalitarian regime. The name “Iron Curtain” is a metaphor for the strictest separation and goes all the way back to the early 1900s when it referred to the curtains in theatres which were fireproof. Many leaders throughout the time that the Iron Curtain was in effect referenced it in propaganda for both sides. These leaders included Joseph Goebbels and Winston Churchill.
Neither of these examples radiate sunshine and butterflies, do they? And as the New York Times says, “while walls and fences are certainly physical things — imposing ones at that — a good deal of their power comes from elsewhere. As their role in political discourse makes clear, they are also things of the mind.” The same article references The Berlin Wall and the phrase “Mauer im Kopf”. This translates to “wall in head,” which really brings us to the psychological importance of fences to many. Think about it, even though The Berlin Wall has been physically brought down, it still draws connotations of separation for those in the vicinity and around the world. The same is potentially even more true for those in the US and Mexico, who are seeing and hearing the conversations around it, each and every day.
Some see the physical representation of security by walls and fences and thus feel a sense of security. A wall is strong, a wall is firm, it can’t be wavered, especially if it’s a Taylor Fencing product, since then you know that you can root for the integrity of the materials, the process and the craftsmanship. Walls give you mental comfort, walls give you reassurance. Walls protect people from those that they’re afraid of or insecure about. These ideas are rooted in the ancient history when entire countries and civilizations were protected by fences and walls from the unknown outside. To that point, experts and psychologists who have studied this believe that walls aren’t built to keep people out, but instead they’re built to keep people in. And here’s the deep thought that the New York Times echoes as well… walls build their own sense of mind.
Now let’s flip this. Say that you’re standing outside of the wall. You feel left out and want to know what’s inside, right? That’s the general perception from psychologists that were studied while drafting this blog post. That wall becomes an invitation, it makes buildings and areas look more desirable. After all, many of the Taylor Fencing products provide a slim but promising glimpse into the beauty of your property, the elegance of your home. A well-designed and built fence will afford both sides of the fence their respective thought processes and spectrum of feelings.
It’s a lot to take in, we know. And it’s just further representation of the love and passion that we have for all areas associated with fences. Questions? Comments? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you.