Attachments and Connections to Ourselves and Our World

September 8, 2014 1:37 PM

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The nature of the early attachment to our parents or primary caretakers influences (to a major degree) our relationships for the rest of our lives.

John Bowlby (1907-1990), the first attachment theorist, concluded that these early emotional bonds affect us from "the cradle to the grave." He observed that the cries of an infant when separated from a parent or caretaker is an adaptive response to assure his survival. The child feels loved when a ...

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