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By John Bowlby

ISBN-10: 0465075975

ISBN-13: 9780465075973

The world-famous psychiatrist and writer of the vintage works Attachment, Separation, and Loss bargains vital guidance for baby rearing in accordance with the the most important function of early intimate relationships.

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By the last months of the first year of life an infant brought up in an ordinary affectionate home is very clear whom he prefers to care for him, a preference especially evident should he be tired, frightened, or sick. Whoever that may be, and it is usually his mother, is then able by her very presence, or ready accessibility, to create the conditions which enable him to explore his world in a confident way. At the time of his second birthday, for example, a healthy child whose mother is resting on a garden seat will make a series of excursions away from her, each time returning to her before making the next excursion.

Only when those conditions are dear beyond doubt will parents know what is best for their children and will communities be willing to help them provide it. -38- LECTURE 3 Psychoanalysis as art and science During the summer of 1978 I was invited to give a number of lectures in Canada. Among the invitations was one from the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society to give their academic lecture to the annual meeting of the Society to be held in Quebec City. The topic I selected is one which had concerned me for some years, and about which I believe there is still a great deal of confused thinking.

As development proceeds and structures progressively differentiate, the number of pathways that remain open diminishes. A principal variable in the development of each individual personality is, I believe, the pathway along which his attachment behaviour comes to be organized and further that that pathway is determined in high degree by the way his parentfigures treat him, not only during his infancy but throughout his childhood and adolescence as well. A principal means by which such experiences influence personality development is held to be through their effects on how a person construes the world about him and on how he expects persons to whom he might become attached to behave, both of which are derivatives of the representational models of his parents that he has built up during his childhood.

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