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John Bowlby: His Early Life – A Biographical Journey into the Roots of Attachment Theory

Published Date: 9th August 2015

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Van Dijken, Suzan
9781853433931

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Covering John Bowlby’s life and work, this text highlights the events that are linked to the creation of Attachment theory. It provides information about topics that Bowlby was reluctant to discuss in detail, whether in public or private, and yet are clearly connected to Bowlby’s later life and theoretical pursuits. The book covers Bowlby’s family of origin, his upbringing, schooling and later education. His work with Cyril Burt is included along with his introduction to psychoanalysis and his involvement in some major events in psychoanalysis, namely the controversial discussions between Anna Freud and Melanie Klein.

In an insightful treatment of the early years of John Bowlby’s life and work, Suzan van Dijken sheds light on a number of events that are very much linked to the eventual creation of Attachment Theory but have not been known about or published to date. In addition, she provides much new information about topics that Bowlby was quite reluctant to discuss in detail, whether in public or in private, and yet are clearly connected to his later life and theoretical pursuits.This biographical portrait covers in great depth Bowlby’s family of origin, his upbringing, schooling and later education, his little-known work with Cyril Burt, his introduction to psychoanalysis, and his involvement in some of the major events in that world, including the Controversial Discussions between Anna Freud and Melanie Klein.

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