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John Bowlby
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A Secure Base

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  222 ratings  ·  9 reviews
As Bowlby himself points out in his introduction to this seminal childcare book, to be a successful parent means a lot of very hard work. Giving time and attention to children means sacrificing other interests and activities, but for many people today these are unwelcome truths. Bowlby s work showed that the early interactions between infant and caregiver have a profound i ...more
ebook, 212 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Routledge (first published 1988)
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I was expecting a bit more of the actual theory of attachment instead of the history of it but it was helpful in understanding the theory and its development, interesting and well written.

Oh and if you want to talk about the content it's basically - parents screw you up but only because their parents screwed them over too. Everyone's responsible but no one's to blame.

Actually, there was one thing which I felt was important not from a psychiatric POV but just in general was that the emotional d
The book is a series of lectures given by the father of attachment theory. Though a great deal more research had taken places in the last 20+ years, Bowlby's conclusions are still both correct and impressively prescient. A very readable looking into the thinking of an important contributor to psychology and psychoanalysis.
Whilst giving some good insight with examples backed by empirical studies. The overall repetitiveness of the same conclusions makes one think that this could've been literally 10x shorter.
Found this a really good, accessible introduction to attachment theory (speaking as a lay person with little exposure to psychotherapy and it's theoretical constructs).
Feb 09, 2008 Carl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of psychology
Shelves: psych-sociology
Classic book by another famous name in psychology. Bowlby's theories in this book are some of the cornerstones of child psychology. Certainly a must read for a students of psychology.
Excellent and well written. Allows an understanding of pervasive psychological issues affecting everyone in one way or another. Recommended for anyone who was or plans to have a child.
A tough read, I think. But enough research to add credibilty to his awesome theory. Just freaking love your kids- keep them close, and let them know they are secure.
A must read for any student of psychology, and especially those with an interest in developmental psychology.
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Psychologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, notable for his interest in child development and for his pioneering work in attachment theory.
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