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Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Author: Bethany Saltman
Street Date: April 21, 2020
Item Number (DPCI): 247-09-7604
A full-scale investigation of the controversial and often misunderstood science of attachment theory, inspired by the author's own experience as a parent and daughter. When professional researcher and writer Bethany Saltman gave birth to her daughter, Azalea, she loved her deeply, but felt like something was missing. Looking back at her lonely childhood, dangerous teenage years, and her love-addicted early adulthood, Saltman thought maybe she was broken. Then she discovered the science of attachment, the field of psychology that explores the question of why--from an evolutionary point of view--ove exists between parents and children. Saltman went on a ten-year journey visiting labs, archives, and trainings, and learning the meaning of "delight" from Mary Ainsworth, one of psychology's most important but unsung researchers, who died in 1999. Saltman went deep into the history and findings from Ainsworth's famous laboratory procedure, the "Strange Situation," which, like an X-ray, is still used today by scientists around the world to catch a glimpse of the internal workings of the attachment. In this simple 20 minute procedure, a baby and a caregiver enter an ordinary room with two chairs and some toys. Through a series of comings and goings, a trained observer studies the minutiae of the pair's back and forth with each other. Through the science of attachment, Saltman discovered was a radical departure from everything she thought she knew--about love, about her own family, her story, and herself. Far from being broken, she saw that love is too powerful to ever break. Strange Situation reveals the startling truth at the heart of the strange situation: far from the "attachment parenting" emphasis on external activities like breastfeeding and sleep-sharing, what truly impacts our children is the way we think and feel--on the inside--about love. It's our perceptions that are transmitted mind to mind from generation to generation. This is excellent news as the one thing completely within our power to change is our minds. Strange Situation is a scientific, lyrical, life-affirming exploration of love. Not only will readers be taken on an emotional ride through one mother's reckoning with her own past and her family's future, but they will also be given the tools with which to better understand their own life histories and their relationships today.
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