Visit ‘s Jean Liedloff Page and shop for all Jean Liedloff books. The Continuum Concept (Arkana) by Jean Liedloff (). $ Jean Liedloff, an American writer, spent two and a half years in the South American jungle living with Stone Age Indians. The experience demolished her. Jean Liedloff, who has died aged 84, was the author of The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost (), in which she outlined her.

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Research has demonstrated the importance of caretakers being attentive to an infant’s cues and responding in a caring, consistent way in order to establish a secure attachment.

There is no slavery–for how else can one describe imposing one’s will on another and coercion by threat or punishment?

The prelude explains you will – or should – feel very guilty, now you have been introduced to ‘correct’ child raising techniques. I’m thankful that Liedoff has shared her experience and observations with us.

Luedloff clinching Catch exhortation is based on her observation that the Yequana treat joy as something found in the moment while Western culture treats joy as a goal to be obtained in the future.

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May 30, Xio rated it iledloff it Shelves: While interesting to think about as a hypothesis or possibility, they don’t have much value beyond the speculative. To my civilized view, he seemed a master of keeping his feelings to himself, and I therefore expected that in the present situation he would be making a terrific effort not to cry or to let his companions see him in such a state.

Winnicott, The Oiedloff Concept was originally intended as a treatise on human nature that clarifies and champions what Ms. We are the only primates that willing sets our young down for often hours at a time. Among a species as social as we humans are, it takes special effort to induce disobedience lideloff our children.


He was about ten years old and so unfailingly self-reliant and helpful that I had supposed him to be highly disciplined.

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After her fifth trip to Venezuela, she decided to write The Continuum Concept, which was published in and later translated into more than two dozen languages. It’s a pretty ridiculous book mostly full of emotionally charged and guilt-ridden lectures that have a lot more to do with her own issues than the reality of hunter-gatherer childhoods and lives.

I would always recommend Our babies ourselves over this book, it has a more scientific approach and the research is based on far more societies than The continuum concept which is based on two. Raising or nurture children is about your instincts and your world view. To give either more or less assistance than he genuinely needs tends to defeat that purpose. Welcome to civilization, Bubba! Occupied with a stick or stone or his fingers or toes, he played and rolled about in every direction, seemingly heedless of the pit, until one realized he landed everywhere but the danger zone.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. For an infant, these include such experiences as Our parents, our tribesman, our authority figures, clearly expect us to be bad or anti-social or greedy or selfish or dirty or destructive or self-destructive.

It offers much more, as well.

So with that in mind And we’re paying for it dearly. Our social nature is such that we tend to meet the expectations of our elders. I wonder if Yequana mothers, let alone infants of either culture, would agree with these descriptions.

Real joy, the state in which the Yequana spend much of their lives, is exceedingly rare among us. Sadly, this may be the limit to what we can do now, even with the best information possible.

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The eventual presence of about half the village at the scene did not appear to affect his reaction either toward self-control or dramatization. Sometimes life is a better teacher than an educational institution could ever hope to be. My subjective opinion note my qualification! With the inattentiveness of an animal grazing at the edge of a cliff, he would tumble to a sitting position, as often as not facing away from the pit.


The book from is a must jwan for all parents-to-be and those who want to understand their own confusion better. The book itself isn’t perfectly convincing.

Unbridled intellect is the father of unstable societies, like the one outside your window. The symptoms of our illness are numerous liedlofff easy to see. She blames homosexuality, drug abuse, fussy babies, loneliness, isolation, lack of independence, and sadness of the Western world on our childrens’ lack of “in-arms” experience with their mother.

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I was expecting much more from this book. The book, written in with an introduction added inis based on the author’s experiences spending extended time with an I had high expectations for this book, as it is an oft-mentioned title in Attachment Parenting circles and has its own following as a parenting style in and of itself.

Feeding to nourish the body and cuddling to nourish the soul are neither proffered nor withheld, but are always available, simply and gracefully, as a matter of course It is no wonder infants sound like torture victims when allowed to cry alone.

Obviously, babies are made to be held. See 2 questions about The Continuum Concept…. Just because much of the book cooperates with my child rearing belief, doesn’t mean that it’s good. Here we are, great big grownups reading books about how to take care of babies.