A Secure Base

Author(s): John Bowlby

Routledge Classics

For many people today, giving time and attention to children means sacrificing other interests and activities. Yet a healthy parent-child bond is not only vital for well-being, but an essential part of what it means to be human. Secure children are confident, using a parent as a "secure base" while they explore the world. Bowlby's work showed that the early interactions between infant and caregiver have a profound impact on an infant's social, emotional, and intellectual growth.

Controversial yet powerfully influential to this day, this classic collection of Bowlby's lectures offers important guidelines for child rearing based on the crucial role of early relationships.


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'One of the most influential forces in child psychiatry and psychology, Dr. Bowlby challenged basic tenets of psychoanalysis and pioneered methods of investigating the emotional life of children.' - The New York Times


Preface to the Routledge Classics edition by Jeremy Holmes Preface 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 and development Attachment, communication, and the therapeutic process References Name Index Subject Index

General Fields

  • : 9780415355278
  • : Routledge
  • : Routledge
  • : 0.249476
  • : September 2005
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 204