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* Caring for children * The origins of attachment theory * Psychoanalysis as art and science * Psychoanalysis as a natural science * Violence in the family * On knowing what you are not supposed to know and feeling what you are not supposed to feel * The role of attachment in personality development * Attachment, communication, and the therapeutic process * Developmental psychiatry comes of age

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John Bowlby is honourary staff member of the Tavistock Clinic in London.


This collection of recent lectures by a British psychiatrist supports the theory that there are three patterns of parent-child attachmentsecure, anxious resistant, and anxious avoidantand explores the consequences of all three. Bowlby affirms that the psychologically healthy person is one who has learned to explore the world confidently, returning to an attachment figure for affirmation and comfort when necessary. The sections on delinquency and family violence and on adults suffering from an ``amnesia'' imposed on them as children are compelling in their practical applications. Recommended for academic libraries but of limited value to the layperson or parent. Nancy M. Laskowski, Free Lib. of Philadelphia

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