Attachment and Loss, Volume 2: Separation: Anger and Anxiety


The first volume of the Attachment and Loss series, is devoted to an analysis of the nature of the child’s tie to his mother.  An examination of instinctive behaviour leads to a theoretical formulation of attachment behaviour. Volume 2, Separation, will apply this theoretical scheme to the problems of separation anxiety and grief and the pathological forms they often assume.

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Author: John Bowlby
Number of pages: 504
ISBN: 9780712666213
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Separation, the second volume of Attachment and Loss, continues John Bowlby’s influential work on the importance of the parental relationship to mental health.

Here he considers separation and the anxiety that accompanies it: the fear of imminent or anticipated separation, the fear induced by parental threats of separation, and the inversion of the parent-child relationship.

Dr. Bowlby re-examines the situations that cause us to feel fear and compares them with evidence gained from animals.  He concludes that fear is initially aroused by certain elemental situations – sudden movement, darkness or separation – which, although intrinsically harmless, are indicative of an increased risk of danger.

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Weight 642 g
Dimensions 135 × 40 × 215 mm


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