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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Nov 25, Akhil Jain rated it really liked it.

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Just the idea of putting oneself in the “shoes” of a baby and imagining what they might go through is important. Jul 12, LaVendelin rated it really liked it Shelves: When at last I worked the tooth free of the gum and stopped the hole with gauze, he was white in the face and went to his hammock exhausted. 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.

If there is ever physical or mental illness, war or revenge, hunger, hatred, ignorance or dysfunction among the Yequana, the author seems to have overlooked it. Here you’ll find plenty of useful information and thought-provoking perspectives. We miss vital developmental steps in childhood, and this frequently leads to adults who have infantile components in their personalities, for their entire lives.

I think the reason is that it makes the reader question the status quo of the way we treat babies in our society in a powerful way. Probably someone who want power over the people has discovered the importance of this book for new parents and anyone else too.

Whereupon Cesar, after a great deal of thought, decided that he would be better off living as an Indian than as a Venezuelan and came to Arepuchi where Pepe lived.

The Continuum Concept : Jean Liedloff :

Why did he feel the need to build one, if in fact conept tribe’s child-raising techniques to date were so idyllic? Then she rants about her assumptions that all native peoples were parented exactly like this tribe.

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 what he needs as well. As it turns out, she was carrying the baby constantly, and no one was helping her.


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.

She longed to be on Oprah. The experience demolished her Western preconceptions of how we should live and led her to a radically different view of what human nature really is.

The sense of wellbeing enjoyed in the womb came to an abrupt end at birth, and most of these kids would never again recover it. In fact she is overtly anti-intellectual, stating that our overuse of intellect in the modern world has, to our detriment, taken over our natural instincts as humans.

Though the book does contain many intriguing ideas, I found myself overall quite disappointed. His mother was there, quietly available, while he submitted to the extraction.

That rather than the artificial moments parents tend to make as playtime, or whatnot, a time largely accomodating to parents and usually attended by anxiety and impatience and one that ends. The above books are far more worth reading than this one. Mar 22, Richard Reese rated it it was amazing.

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

From many points of view he might be better liedloft dead, for the life force, in its ceaseless tending toward repair of damage and completion of developmental phases, among its instruments employs anxiety, pain, and an array of other ways of signaling that things are wrong. After living with them, she reports that babies handle knives by the blade without slicing themselves. A landmark treatise on how humanity lives versus how we should, what we’ve lost with our “progress,” and how we can reclaim lideloff true nature Jean Liedloff, an American writer, spent two and a half years in the South American jungle living with Stone Age Indians.

That said, to illustrate: Here is an illustrative story from early in the book: Perhaps bits and pieces of the knowledge it offers can make it into your miserable 21st century existence to make nominal improvements. I, however, am not, but found it very interesting and have definitely learnt a thing or two for when the time comes.


I can totally chat with other moms while I bounce Nick in the Moby and Franklin runs with other kids. This fateful trip changed her life… And the life cocept many women around the globe who believed in a gentler way to parent. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Her book is based on her experiences while living with the Yequana, and discusses in particular their style of child-rearing and its fundamental effect on their later lives.

She clearly idealizes all the features of the Yequana culture and assumes that modern culture would be better off by adopting them, but this is not necessarily the case. Parents had forgotten how powerful they are to young children and how easy it is to make them feel as if there is something wrong with them, even with a look. Oh really, you mean happiness is just around the corner, if only I follow these steps By the way, have any scientists returned to the jungle to test the author’s continuum concepts?

Want to Read saving…. Another big problem with this book is that all of the author’s assumptions about human nature and what is natural to our species come from her unscientific experience and observation of just one indigenous culture.

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

But, the Yequana children actually did have a scheduled life. 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 never felt this to be true, cocnept though my baby was an incredibly high-needs baby from my perspective. Questioning our cultural practices and considering more traditional practices, like slings instead of strollers, or co-sleeping instead of cribs, is important.

She has not cooncept shred of criticism for their way of life.