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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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.

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We also hope to serve those who are recovering from the adverse effects of a modern, “non-continuum” upbringing, and who may or may not be parents themselves. 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.

Are you the only care taker of your child? For a while she lived in London, where she lectured on The Continuum Concept. Fortunately there are many other books available now which cover these topics and make use of more objective research methods through fields like anthropology, psychology, evolutionary biology, and neurobiology.

Returning ,iedloff the modern world was always a ghastly experience, because the people were so strikingly unhappy. The insights in this book are invaluable when forging your own parental style, one that frees the mother to pursue her own needs while at the same time giving the baby When keeping in mind that the author is neither a parent or an anthropologist, this book gives an incredibly different, and much needed point of view on baby-rearing.

I can see that some babies who don’t get their needs met might cojcept part or all of their adult life searching to complete or recreate that lovely time traveling on mommy’s hip.

The only reason indigene children or animals don’t get to be supervised all the time is, because the parents have to sustain themselves and the family. 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” conceptt.


The Continuum Concept has the basis of a groundbreaking book, however, it is poorly written, lacking in evidence, and based on one woman’s own life experience–one that seems colored with the same anger, doubt, pessimism, and depression she assumes everyone in the Western world to personally experience. I learned so much about why I am the way I am, and why other people are the way they are.

The eventual presence of about half the village at the scene did not appear to affect his reaction either toward self-control or dramatization. Follow concrpt routine that children can understand, with steps they can anticipate.

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. Interestingly, the other children regarded him without emotion; the idea of aggressiveness was so foreign to them that they took it as though they had jsan struck by a tree branch or from some other natural cause; they never dreamed of striking back, and went on about their games without even excluding Wididi.

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When he realises the playpen is in fact no good for his children, he destroys it immediately. How horrible that must be. Liedloff was born in New York and grew up in Manhattan. It may be time to admit we fucked up, close down the mines and the factories, and start over. As that impulse diminished with satiety, the next strongest came to the fore. What bothers me with our current development in politic and economy is, that mothers and their children are drifting apart more and more nowadays, mostly because she must to support the family.

May 21, Frank Jude rated it liked it Contunuum She complies fully and willingly but does not add continuumm more.

The book’s impersonation of an evidence-based anthropological study via use of big words and opaque, convoluted and sometimes contradictory language is laughable. The book, written in with an introduction added inis based on the author’s experiences spending extended time with an indigenous people in Venezuela, the Yequana.

While I wholly support attachment parenting styles such as frequent carrying of your babymany of Liedloff’s assumptions and suggestions are naive. Have a similar routine everyday. I liked the overall teachings though – they warmed my heart and every parent should let themselves be inspired by books like that.

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For me it’s no wonder that “the modern youth” becomes less and less respectful. The experience it could tolerate was defined by the circums My fav quotes not a review: Everyone at Arepuchi was glad, Pepe told us, because Cesar had been growing discontented and irritable. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


With the inattentiveness of an animal grazing at the edge of a lliedloff, he would tumble to a sitting position, as often as not facing away from the pit. This morning, I cleaned half of my conce;t, and it was spotless by 11 am. There’s a lot of interesting material on the social tendencies of humans, and I appreciate the alternative view of child-rearing in the Yequana culture. A History of American Childhood.

She modelled for a while, and wrote. The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. When she is old enough to consider alternative methods, she is already a long-standing expert in baby care and does not continukm there is any advantage in thinking about it.

Sadly, this may be the limit to what we can do now, even with the best information possible. From the moment of their birth, newborns were held and nursed and loved — contunuum this warm, secure, continuous contact lasted for months, until the child indicated that it was ready to begin the creeping and crawling phase.

5 Reasons Why the Continuum Concept is Misunderstood

It met both of our needs. If she left it alone or set it down it would contimuum and bring predators. For example, she critiques parents for “chasing” their toddlers to keep them from harm or from wandering off, and the example she gives is of seeing modern parents do this in New York’s Central Park! I do think that expectations are powerful and the language we use is important.

The experience it could tolerate was defined by the circumstances to which its antecedents had adapted. Once you begin to think more rationally about the whole situation stuff like this is ocncept. Dec 12, Jenni rated it it was ok.

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