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Author Bell, David C., 1944-

Title The dynamics of connection : how evolution and biology create caregiving and attachment / David C. Bell

Publ Info Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  BF575.A86 B456 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xiv, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents The riddle of nurturance -- Bowlby's account of attachment and caregiving -- The evolution of caregiving and attachment -- The neurobiology of caregiving and attachment -- Caregiving -- Attachment -- Interconnections -- A connection theory of adult relationship formation -- Reconsidering families
Note "The Dynamics of Connection: How Evolution and Biology Create Caregiving and Attachment describes the logic of giving, love, trust, and nurturance. Bowlby's theory of attachment provides an excellent starting point for an explanation of nurturance, but there are some limitations in this theory, especially its tendency to minimize the caregiving side of the relationship. The book builds on and extends Bowlby's theory by examining the evolutionary evidence for both attachment and caregiving, the origins of which can be seen in the earliest mammals. It describes neurobiological research that has identified the brain circuits that underlie caregiving and attachment." "The book then describes a theory of relationships based on these neurobiological circuits and the resulting human desire to give and receive emotional contact, warmth, and support. The theory details the emotional logic of this relationship process. The proactive connection process (caregiving), characteristic of parents, involves a growing capacity for both empathy and responsibility. In the receptive process (attachment), trust grows from the experience of being cared for and nurtured. These processes coexist alongside other motivations with which they interact."--BOOK JACKET
LC subject Attachment behavior
Nurturing behavior
Social evolution
Families -- Psychological aspects
Mesh Subject Object Attachment
Biological Evolution
Parent-Child Relations
ISBN 9780739143520 (cloth : alk. paper)