Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2009
This is an extremely interesting, lucid, useful and timely book, dealing with the tensionin American life between the need to belong and the need for independence. Often the latter is driven by the pressure to seek refuge from lives that are too busy. Once on that path, however, people often discover that they have achieved far more solitude than is good for them. The authors document a very strong case for the profound, risks to mental and physical health that accompany excessive separation. The book is timely in that deep anxiety created by our deepening recession may cause many to become even more isolated and withdrawn.
My husband and I both strongly recommend this book, and we found the section on the neurobiology of attachment fascinating.