Is This the Key to an Exciting Life? New Research | Dr. Craig Malkin

February 13, 2015 7:20 PM

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Way back in 1970, when many people watched the atrocities in Vietnam and wondered if the world would ever feel safe again, psychologist Mary Ainsworth and her colleagues at Johns Hopkins University were investigating how we come to feel "safe" in the first place -- by watching children play. Their findings, along with those of a new study, may provide the blueprint for a more exciting life.

The 9x9 square foot room Ainsworth's group used was an exercise in minimalist restraint: On one side, there was a single chair for the mother, and directly opposite, near the door, another chair for a stranger. Along the third wall of the room, there was a tiny chair, suitable for a child, heaped wi...

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