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Cherishment: A Psychology of the Heart
"Cher-ish-ment," n. F. "cher," dear. Sweet, indulgent love, esp. of children. Emotional equivalent of nourishment; soul food. What the world needs now. Elisabeth Young-Bruehl and Faith Bethelard give a name to the kind, warm, tender, and affectionate love that babies expect before they can speak of it and that we all desire our whole lives long. As adults, they note, we ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published February 25th 2000 by Free Press
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This is an important book, brief but thoughtful, exploring the concept of how we love others and wish to be loved by them. It is a book of psychology, but so much more, drawing from ancient traditions and applying these concepts to modern lives in need of love. The final chapter addresses what a culture of cherishment would look like. The idea of love as reciprocal caring isn't new, but Youn'Breuhl and co-author Faith Bethelard go further, to benevolence, well-wishing, and goodwill as further ...more