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A Secure Base (Routledge Classics)
A Secure Base (Routledge Classics)
by John Bowlby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.71

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple message, 6 Oct 2009
John Bowlby is the father of attachment theory, and is most famous for his observational work with children in care during WWII. 'A Secure Base' is a great place to begin if you are interested in his work, as it is concise and a much shorter read than his 'Attachment Theory' in three volumes.
This book appeals for a change in attitude and understanding of basic human need for affection and rejects the unsolicited use of neglect - once disguised as an acceptable way of parenting. It calls into question the theories of 'controlled crying' and other punitive methods, which, to this day are still commonly practised throughout the western world. Through Bowlby's observations, we can begin to join the dots and build a picture of why today's news headlines portray such a bleak outlook on our future. The introduction to this book is so simply put but conveys an important message; parenthood has all but lost its value in the developed world and yet it is the most important and demanding job for the survival of our society. This book should be read by children at school as well as their parents, politicians and CEOs alike.


The Child, the Family, and the Outside World (Penguin Psychology)
The Child, the Family, and the Outside World (Penguin Psychology)
by D.W Winnicot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A turning point in psychoanalysis, 5 Oct 2009
D.W. Winicott is the man who coined the phrase "the good-enough mother". And it is thanks to him that Psychoanalysis finally started to shift from a deploringly negative stance to a more optimistic and even somewhat practical approach to human psychology. Winnicott has a warmth to his prose which is unlike many of him contemporaries and it is his human quality which makes his books so easy to access. This book in particular, is addressed to mothers rather than to other practitioners in his field, again reflecting his sensitivity to the importance and value of the role of the mother. He credits mothers with their own ability and seeks to encourage rather than abash and demoralise, which was so more much the trend at the time. As a mother and practising psychotherapist, I hold this book close to my heart and encourage anyone to read it.


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