Attachment

An American Eskimo Puppy Melted Her Grieving Heart

Kathy was drowning in pain.  Her mother had just died and her husband had been diagnosed with cancer. Her dog of fifteen years was gone. All around her, her world was crumbling as she struggled to let go of one lifelong love and needed to face the challenging road ahead with another. Her husband was in the hospital the weekend that she spotted the ad  When she told her girlfriend, Amber, about the puppies, her wise friend insisted that Kathy [...]

August 1st, 2016|Categories: Attachment, Human-Animal Bonds, Loss|Tags: , , |

The Roots of Empathy Lie in Temperament and Attachment

To the best of my knowledge, the mother of six week old twins took the video below, documenting empathy, without the help of Photoshop or any other video-altering aid. I cannot imagine it as being staged.  Six weeks old babies simply would not tolerate being tinkered with in such a manner, even to please the one who provides their care.  I found the video remarkable because, at an age in which learning is mostly about how to recognize caregivers, smile as [...]

Discriminating Among Levels of Reality

"Mommy, how do the people get into the television?” “What do you think?” “I think they are in balloons on timers inside the TV and when it’s time for their show they inflate and come on the screen.” The links between the real that she knew – actors and actresses playing roles on Sesame Street – and that which she did not – a transmission of information invisible to her senses – were inconceivable to my concrete three year old [...]

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