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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While some interesting insights are offered about parenting across cultures, the jeean hypotheses jan hugely flawed. Children need to see that they are assumed to be well-intentioned, naturally social people who are trying to do the right thing and who want reliable reactions from their elders to guide them. Refresh and try again. I have heard vague stirrings about how babies should be kept in a sling, and have known that normal babies slept with the parents during most of human history but Liedloff spells out the rest of it so clearly and shows how this has affected our mental and physical and spiritual health as a species more clearly than I had thought it through.

I was doing my best to excise the beginnings of gangrene from his toe by flashlight. By imitating the Yequana’s culture. Perhaps bits and pieces of the knowledge it offers can make it into your miserable 21st century existence to make nominal improvements.

In less than an hour he reappeared alone, the color back in his cheeks and his equanimity restored.

Sep 19, Tucker rated it it was ok. May 21, Frank Jude rated it liked it Shelves: When he was grown, he came, like many of the men of those Guianese towns, to the Upper Caroni to try his luck at diamond hunting. In our society that’s neglecting a child, in their’s it’s necessary and kind of a natural selection.

Anyway, I still find the book unsettling for a couple of truths, as in true to my experience. Liedloff observed that the misery of civilized people began shortly after birth, when the newborn was immediately carried away from its mother, placed in a crib in the nursery, and left to scream. She devotes a significant portion of the book to describing the subjective experience that she imagines an infant in each respective culture goes through, and the remainder of the book critiquing specific aspects of modern child-rearing and explaining how specific personality characteristics and modern problems are specifically the result of being deprived of the “in arms” stage.

Asking the question of how humans evolved and how this impacts the needs of babies is important. Our animal instincts jesn very much in tune with our evolutionary journey. She observed, most famously, the Yequana tribe of Venezuela.

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The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff

His explorations of the wide world are counterpointed and reinforced by his resort to her and by his sense of her constancy while he is away. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Liedloft. When she is old enough to consider alternative methods, she is already a long-standing expert in baby care and does not feel there is any advantage in thinking about it.

The non-intellect-directed mechanisms of self-preservation worked unfailingly, and, being so precise in their calculations, functioned equally well at any distance from the pit, starting from the very edge.

Assumptions should not be promoted as facts And although I was exhausted most of the time throughout that first year, jean’s words motivated me to stay true to that inner wisdom.

Over the course of five expeditions, she spent two and a half years living with Stone Age people.

Get to Know Us. Unfortunately, at that age it’s impossible to think there might be something wrong with them. Liedloff felt that we had lost our trust in our children and ultimately ourselves.

So in summary I think this is a great book to open minds and get people thinking, but because it is so grotesquely subjective and unscientific, it should not be looked to in itself as a source of information or a guide to parenting practices. While I can understand how other reviewers might see Liedoff’s writing as uncited, I do believe as a first-time mom that this book helped me trust the instincts knew I had.

So bad it belongs in it’s own ‘so bad it’s good’ category – I laughed out loud at some bits. As is Huck’s Raft: Nov 10, virginia rated it it was ok.

No one made her feel her gesture was funny or a “surprise”; the women did, indeed, expect it sooner or later, as they are all familiar with the fact that children do join in the culture, though their approach and pace are dictated by individual forces within themselves.

As that impulse diminished with satiety, the next strongest came to the fore. Later on we can judge for ourselves and rebel if need be, but when we’re just months old, or a year or two, and a parent looks at us with impatience, or disgust, or disdain, or just leaves us there to cry and doesn’t answer us even though we’re longing to be embraced and nurtured, we assume that something must be wrong with us. 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!


And since this book was written in the ‘Seventies, and many people have read it and applied the principles, more research could be done. The book is often quite boring, preachy, and old-fashioned: So take Liedloff with a giant grain of salt.

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. Her own cultural bias is apparent in her assumption that homosexuality is a pathology and the assumption of the existence of “God”.

So I give her book four stars for the impact it’s had on my life and early mothering. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It seemed to him that all of us had to cope with jealousy and hatred of our brothers and sisters, who threatened our access to our mothers.

I agree with much of what she says. In short, they stem from her imagination.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Once there, she began working for Conde Naste as a model for Paris Vogue. It is meant to give the infant a sense of constant companionship. In adulthood, if a man decides he doesn’t like traditional “work,” he does something else constructive with his time and no one judges him. 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 I was deeply grateful for my safe homebirth and my son that is rarely allowed to cry without our loving attention and cuddles only in the car seat…we run many errands on the bus now.

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When you subscribe to the Continuum List, you can also search the archives thousands of posts to see if your concerns have been discussed. The basic idea of the continuum concept is that there is a natural way that we are all meant to develop, though civilized life has torn us away from it. I really enjoyed reading this book.

After watching the stone aged people and especially thier infants and comparing them to our own ridid, crying, colicky lonely infants She came to the conclusion that humans were not naturally competitive, greedy or uncooperative.