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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By the way, have any scientists returned to the jungle to test the author’s continuum concepts? 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.

Pepe enjoyed it all the more because he and his friend talked and joked the whole time. 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. I do think that expectations are powerful and the language we use is important.

The pain must have been excruciating. Civilized children do not. Children find comfort in repetition. Views Read Edit View history. Jan 22, Adrienne rated it it was amazing.

And I never had any postpartum issues. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Now with my 2nd child, I see adults every day. Liedloff spent five months in the jungle. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. So with that in mind So perhaps she isn’t “qualified” to speak authoritatively on psychological and cultural topics such as these; I don’t need a certification beside someone’s name to validate their credibility.

I, however, am not, but found it very interesting and have definitely learnt a thing or two for when the time comes. Nonetheless, I do wish I lived in a culture where these states of motherhood were not something to be overcome, a culture where motherhood is never even associated with these states of being. No one fussed but everyone understood. I was due to interview her in Over the course of five expeditions, she spent two and a half years living with Stone Age people.


Needless to say, I am not opposed to Liedloff’s baby rearing recommendations – baby wearing, co-sleeping, breastfeeding on demand, etc. Jean Liedloff spent several years with native tribal people in the jungles of South America.

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Now she was taking a piece of manioc from the pile and rubbing it against the grater of a girl near her. A History of American Childhood. There is no slavery–for how else can one describe imposing one’s will on another and coercion by threat or punishment?

It would be madness, I explained, to fly out to meet the author of The Continuum Concept, with all she stood for, and leave my own young, breastfed daughter behind for days. The symptoms of our illness are numerous and easy to see.

They want to learn from us, watch us as we interact with others, go through tasks, etc. We are so far removed from the tribal Yequana life that we conccept feel the lack of joy is inevitable in our world. Just because much of the book cooperates with my child rearing belief, doesn’t mean that it’s good.

It compares wild people to civilized people through the eyes of an eyewitness reporter, and tries to explain how communities of the same species could be as different as night and day. Unbridled intellect is the father of unstable societies, like the one outside your window. For an infant, these include such experiences as Liedloff provides us with some important pointers for the road ahead.


I am a babywearer, and my daughter spent her first four months in my bed and in-arms. Book liedlooff by Goodreads. It appears even the things I like about the book have serious qualifications.

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Liedloff died on March 15, in Sausalito, California. Cribs and full-time schools are the worst invention of First world’s society Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. My children will be in my bed some cocnept, because I strongly feel that’s where they are supposed to be.

I was reading the copy of the book and perhaps the newest edition is a little more modern in its treatment of homosexuality. For infants, these include, for example, that they experience:. To avoid this, whenever you feel unhappy as a parent, think about what it causing you trouble. I would rather she’d beaten me with a bullwhip.

Maybe there is truth to them, but maybe not; there is no way of knowing. I mean, “evidence” suggests that homosexuality may be caused by non-continuum care. I agree that we need to trust our parental instincts more and occasionally tell the experts and pediatricians to bug off. Perhaps if we took all the land horded by the rich, tore out the useless crops grown for export or ethanol, and had everyone plant subsistence crops, 7 billion people may have a chance of surviving the present century.

So if there is so much to criticize about this book, why does it have such a strong following? She modelled for a while, and wrote. Nothing like a fawn, who just waits till the mother returns.