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Attachment: Attachment and Loss Volume One(Basic Books Classics) Paperback – September 23, 1983

ISBN-13: 978-0465005437 ISBN-10: 0465005438 Edition: 2nd

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"The lucidity of exposition and the thoroughness in marshalling the relevant data make it likely that the publication of Attachment...will prove a turning point in the history of psychoanalysis and psychology generally." -- Times Literary Supplement

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John Bowlby is honorary staff member of the Tavistock Clinic in London.
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  • Series: Basic Books Classics
  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 2nd edition (September 23, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465005438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465005437
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ng Wai Yin on September 4, 2003
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This first volume of John Bowlby's trilogy on Attachment and Loss expands and builds upon an article he published in 1958 in the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis titled "The Nature of the Child's Tie to His Mother", which is perhaps a more telling title than that of the book itself. Attachment, as a technical term in behavioural biology, is first used in describing instinctive mother-following behaviours of young mammals and birds (first observed and reported in delightful accounts by the Austrian ethologist Konrad Lorenz in the 1930's).

By comparing data collected during and after the Second World War by childcare workers and researchers in U.K. and North America, Bowlby found a striking common pattern of distressed behaviours among young children between the ages of one and three when separated from mother for an extended period: first in Protest, then Despair and finally Detachment - a psychopathological state when a child becomes socially uninitiated and withdrawn, even to his returning mother. Bowlby then postulates that physical proximity to a mother-figure is essential to a child's development of cognitive capacities, especially during a sensitive period around six months to two years after birth. Attachment behaviours, like those of young mammals and birds, are present in the human baby too. This has since led to a blossoming of research activities in development psychology and psychoanalysis, as well as neurophysiology recently, which supplies much fresh evidence about the young brain and its phenomenal maturing in the first two years.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
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Classic, vitally important work. The writing is just so simple and clear, and the topic just so important, this book is quite worthwhile reading for any student (in the broadest sense) of psychology. Bowlby is an original researcher on attachment between infants and their caregivers. He describes his own and others' research projects and analyzes them in a theoretical framework about instinctive behavior. Why would it be important for children to have attachments? What sorts of attachments would we expect them to have, and what do they have? These are questions Bowlby addresses.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2003
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The work of John Bowlby (who was most certainly not a Behaviorist) is the work of genius. His importance in the field of developmental psychology has yet to be surpassed. It cannot be minimized.
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By Amazon Customer on September 11, 2013
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As with Bowlbys' other works, this classic furthers the hypothesis of negative emotional influence on the continued development of humans as we integrate with our social environments. I liked it...in fact, liked all of Bowlbys' writings.
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