Attachment: Volume One of the Attachment and Loss Trilogy... and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a £3.06 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading Attachment on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Attachment: Volume One of the Attachment and Loss Trilogy: Attachment Vol 1 (Attachment & Loss) [Paperback]

Dr E J M Bowlby
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
RRP: £14.99
Price: £10.49 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: £4.50 (30%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 24 Sep.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £6.49  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £10.49  
Trade In this Item for up to £3.06
Trade in Attachment: Volume One of the Attachment and Loss Trilogy: Attachment Vol 1 (Attachment & Loss) for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £3.06, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more
There is a newer edition of this item:
Attachment and Loss Attachment and Loss
Currently unavailable

Book Description

3 July 1997 Attachment & Loss
In this classic work of psychology John Bowlby examines the processes that take place in attachment and separation and shows how experimental studies of children provide us with a recognizable behaviour pattern which is confirmed by discoveries in the biological sciences. He makes clear that human attachment is an instinctive response to the need for protection against predators, and one as important for survival as nutrition and reproduction.

Frequently Bought Together

Attachment: Volume One of the Attachment and Loss Trilogy: Attachment Vol 1 (Attachment & Loss) + Loss (Attachment and Loss Volume 3) + A Secure Base (Routledge Classics)
Price For All Three: £35.69

Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; Revised edition edition (3 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712674713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712674713
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


"The publication of Attachment and Loss will prove a turning-point in the history of psychoanalysis and psychology generally" (Times Literary Supplement)

"It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of Dr Bowlby's work... In practical terms, his ideas have modified and will continue to influence the rearing of children and the treatment of those who are disturbed. In theoretical terms, his contributions have given psychoanalysis a shot in the arm and a biological perspective that was sadly lacking" (Anthony Storr Sunday Times)

Book Description

An enthralling, pioneering and now classic account of the processes that take place in human attachment and separation.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother, why hast thou forsaken me!!!!! 17 Nov 2011
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The first section is more than likely the hardest where Bowlby tries to clear some intellectual space for him to set out his stall. At the time he had to contend with the heavy weight of Freud, the glare of Klein and the people who provided the support structure, the neo Darwinians.

Bowlby, wisely, instead of bashing his head against their "received" wisdom, decided to incorporate them. This created problems later but was a great short term solution to gaining acceptance. This was the fundamental issue he faced in bringing in a new idea,-(mothers and mother love is essential to long terms physical and emotional health). The notion that parenting was not essential to health appears quaint, or perhaps not, if you are a sociobiologist, then it is all in the genes. In their belief parents have little emotional impact, as the biological clock and the manifest destiny, control the individual, just as it does a dandelion or an elm tree.

However all senses of the world are interpreted by the sense organs, as Bowlby highlights and these are crucial for understanding attachment and detachment. These are code words for (l.o.v.e.). This had been ruled out of science because it is an emotion and science bases itself on value objectivity and erases the irrational. The fact it also uses the sense organs to interpret the world is its Achillles heel and quietly ignored within its own set of rules. Science bases itself upon this emotional and sense organ erasure and then pretends the discipline exists in the objective world, that waiting to be discovered. It is however based upon human perception and what is discovered is what human perception allows itself to "discover."

So where does this leave Bowlby?
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowlby revisited 9 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having used this text some 20 years ago and lost my original copy, it was good to be able to locate this volume via Amazon. It was in excellent condition and it was good to re-visit Bowlby's theories at a more 'mature' period of life-and after a few years of experience ! Bowlby's work has stood the test of time in many ways, but also, on reflection, revisiting some of his ideas in modernity, it still has a very valid place in the study of maternal attachment theories. This is particularly so when studying how societal nurturing and child rearing habits have changed and what the effect has been on child behaviours.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 5 Jan 2012
By marye
This is the best work of it's kind in the field, along with the companion volumes by the same author. Highly recommended for amateur or academic.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful information 15 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book really made me think of my attachment/relationship with my baby girl. I really enjoyed it. I might buy the Triology.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As with vols. 1&2., acquired for the same reasons, thank you.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category