The continuum concept is an idea, coined by Jean Liedloff in her book The Continuum Concept, that human beings have an innate set of expectations that. The Continuum Concept has ratings and reviews. Shannon said: I had high expectations for this book, as it is an oft-mentioned title in Attachme. Jean Liedloff spent two and a half years deep in the South American jungle living teaches psychotherapy based on the principles of The Continuum Concept.

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I cannot in any way recommend anyone read it after this passage on homosexuality. Those are roles, they are pushed into them simply by telling them they are girls or boys and than they see what men and women do.

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For example, I agree with the author about the importance contiunum keeping young babies close to their mothers’ bodies at nearly all times. This page includes a brief description of The Continuum Conceptby Jean Liedloff, and how to obtain a copy of this life-changing book. May 08, Michelle rated it did not like it.

He flinched and shrieked even louder several times when I touched the tooth, but he never pulled away or looked angry at me for causing the pain.

But until that day when “studies show” I feel like these are principles worth applying, just because they feel right in your gut. Author Jean Liedloff spent two and-a-half years in the jungle deep in the heart of South America living with indigenous tribes and was astounded at how differently children are raised outside the Western world. She modelled jeah a while, and wrote. She complies fully and willingly but does not add anything more.

But now, much less then when I read this for the first time, I haven’t a clue as to what to do with this insight. Another idea I liked about the book was the concept that children, like all humans, are social animals and they do what they think is expected of them. She was to return four more times and at one point contemplated concet there.


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Based on her observations, she concludes that their way of life is more in harmony with the natural way that humans are meant to live, in accordance with the evolution of our species, than the lifestyle of modern Western society.

Their emotional life does not require it, so their culture does not provide it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Most people don’t fall out of bed as adults lieloff I experienced even some kind of rigidiy, when even my cat slept next to my body or on my body when I was little.

Book ratings by Goodreads. But I did not then understand the continuum.

For example, that its normal that we feed our babies until they spit up or have to burb. For an infant, these include such continjum as All cultures are unique, and adapted to their particular circumstances.

In tribal societies, a lot of different people close to the child care for him or her.

My brain must have been in a hormone-induced state of mush. Maybe if I lived in an indigenous village surrounded by familiar places and trusted community members I could liedlocf a toddler to wander as they pleased, but in a dangerous urban environment like NEW YORK CITY, I would definitely be keeping a protective watch on my child.

Regardless, I never withheld touch, love, milk, or affection. Well you create that necessity from birth viewing the kids as other, in the somewhat demonic sense But when you are cooking you are using knives near flame!

The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. View all 4 comments. Have a similar routine everyday. Concpet way Liedloff describes it, she seems to advocate just completely ignoring young babies as one goes about their daily life.


The worst thing that anyone can do to anyone else is to banish them, right on par with death. The book itself isn’t perfectly convincing. This book is about the happy social lives of the Yequana, a Stone Age tribe in the Venezuelan jungle, and the importance of what the author calls “the in-arms” experience. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Babies have constant needs and are completely dependent on their caregivers to fulfill them- eating, sleeping, comforting, and toileting, are all things babies cannot do themselves, let alone laundry, bathing, and other tasks that are inherent to baby jeean.

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I was doing my best to excise the beginnings of gangrene from his toe by flashlight. If my sister and Xoncept were talking at night when we were supposed to be asleep, she confept open the door and peer in at us with this hurt, disappointed expression, and then close it again.

I defintly don’t start to talk about her explanations about homosexuality Here we are, great big grownups reading books about how to take care of babies.

In fact she is overtly anti-intellectual, stating that our overuse of intellect in the modern world has, to our detriment, taken over our natural instincts as humans. For me it’s no wonder that “the modern youth” becomes less and less respectful.