A Secure Base

By John Bowlby

Preface by Jeremy Holmes

© 2005 – Routledge

204 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415355278
pub: 2005-09-01
US Dollars$22.95
Hardback: 9781138834576
pub: 2015-06-29
US Dollars$140.00

About the Book

As Bowlby himself points out in his introduction to this seminal childcare book, to be a successful parent means a lot of very hard work. Giving time and attention to children means sacrificing other interests and activities, but for many people today these are unwelcome truths. Bowlby’s work showed that the early interactions between infant and caregiver have a profound impact on an infant's social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Controversial yet powerfully influential to this day, this classic collection of Bowlby’s lectures offers important guidelines for child rearing based on the crucial role of early relationships.


'One of the most influential forces in child psychiatry and psychology, Dr. Bowlby challenged basic tenets of psychoanalysis and pioneered methods of investigating the emotional life of children.' - The New York Times

Table of Contents

Holmes, Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition. Preface. Caring for Children. The Origins of Attachment Theory. Psychoanalysis as Art and Science. Psychoanalysis as a Natural Science. Violence in the Family. On Knowing What You Are Not Supposed To Know and Feeling What You Are Not Supposed To Feel. The Role of Attachment in Personality and Development. Attachment, Communication, and the Therapeutic Process.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Reference