intro’d to Jean via Chris‘s interview with her here:
John Holt is reported to have said about The Continuum Concept when it first came out in 1975:
I don’t know whether the world can be saved by a book, but if it could be, this might just be the book.
The two words that I’ve arrived at to describe what we all need to feel about ourselves, children and adults, in order to perceive ourselves accurately, are worthy and welcome. If you don’t feel worthy and welcome, you really won’t know what to do with yourself. You won’t know how to behave.
we’ve made a terrible mistake about what human nature is..
we’ve just got it wrong..
i was blinded – that i didn’t even notice.. that children didn’t even argue, et al
we have created an anti-social population..
because we are so social, and the expectations are that we’ll be bad, we become anti-social..
we are laboring under a misunderstanding of what human nature is
we keep saying normal (to stressed babies/people) because we’ve never seen a comfortable baby..
the first minute baby is born – taken out of womb – things are done to it – for always technical reasons… weigh and measure – for what? what needs to happen is mother and child need to be close – fall in love – you’re programmed to fall in love with it
Jean Liedloff (November 26, 1926 – March 15, 2011) was an American author, born in New York, and best known for her 1975 book The Continuum Concept.
During a diamond-hunting expedition to Venezuela, she came into contact with an indigenous people named the Yequana. Over time she became fascinated with theYequana, and made a decision to return to Venezuela to live with them. She wrote her book The Continuum Concept to describe her new understanding of how we have lost much of our natural well-being, and to show us practical ways to regain it for our children and for ourselves. 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.
lots of attachment and Jean ness references in scattered
baby cells staying in moms: https://www.livescience.com/62930-why-mom-keeps-baby-cells.html