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A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Human Development

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  292 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The world-famous psychiatrist and author of the classic works Attachment, Separation, and Loss offers important guidelines for child rearing based on the crucial role of early intimate relationships.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 22nd 1990 by Basic Books (first published 1988)
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Spaghettitoes
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
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Sophia
As goodreads suggests for two stars "it was ok". I was torn between 2 and 3.
On the one hand, it is a well written collection of essays on attatchment theory. It is fairly well explained, there are a lot of studies cited, and some lectures were very interesting.
That said, others were not. Bowlby was a psychoanalyst who was just starting to break the mold that Freud had set, and had been stagnating for several years. His ideas contrast quite nicely with Freud's more absurd theories, but at the sam
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Jeff
Jan 24, 2016 Jeff rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading for expecting new parents! If everyone could only understand what the alternatives to stable attachment are, a lifetime of suffering, surely the world could be transformed!
Rika
Feb 14, 2016 Rika rated it it was amazing
Bowlby presented his theory very convincingly in this book. This is the book that has opened my eyes about what makes a good theory and how to build a strong scientific argument. I've already heard and read about attachment theory written by others during my undergraduate study, but it was only after reading this book do i have a clear idea of what attachment really is. I think the way Bowlby approaches the whole issue of attachment and frame his theory can be regarded as the early form of what ...more
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i like this
Kevin
May 24, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
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.
Edd
Dec 23, 2013 Edd rated it liked it
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.
Jan
Sep 02, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Carl
Feb 23, 2016 Carl rated it it was amazing
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.
Bookbliss
Sep 16, 2009 Bookbliss rated it really liked it
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.
Carolyn
Mar 12, 2008 Carolyn rated it really liked it
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.
Mark
Apr 11, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
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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