Visit ‘s Jean Liedloff Page and shop for all Jean Liedloff books. The Continuum Concept (Arkana) by Jean Liedloff (). $ Jean Liedloff, an American writer, spent two and a half years in the South American jungle living with Stone Age Indians. The experience demolished her. Jean Liedloff, who has died aged 84, was the author of The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost (), in which she outlined her.

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So in summary I think this is a great book to open minds and get liedlodf 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.

Regardless, I never withheld touch, love, milk, or affection.

The insights in this book are invaluable when forging your own parental style, one that frees the mother to pursue her own liedlorf 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 jezn baby-rearing. I’m thankful that Liedoff has shared her experience and observations with us. I am sure there is a grain of truth in what she says in favor of liedlofg indigenous way of life, and of course industrialized Western culture leaves much to be desired, but the best way probably lies somewhere in liedooff middle.

In Search of Happiness Lostin which she outlined her belief that babies should be continuously carried lirdloff, and never separated from, their mothers, until such liedlooff as they are able to crawl away by themselves. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

The eventual presence of about half the village at the scene did not appear to affect his reaction either toward self-control or dramatization.

Though the book does contain many intriguing ideas, I found myself overall quite disappointed. The above books are far more worth reading than this one. Our own system of trying to guess what or how much a child’s mind can assimilate results in cross purposes, misunderstanding, disappointments, anger and a iledloff loss of harmony. I have heard vague stirrings about how babies should be kept in a sling, and have known that normal babies slept with the parents during most of human history but Liedloff spells out the rest of it so clearly and shows how this has affected our mental and physical and spiritual health as a species more clearly than I had thought it through.


Introducing you to Mooji is a matter of the heart for me. Our social nature is such that we tend to meet the expectations of our elders.

See 2 questions about The Continuum Concept…. She lost interest in less than a minute and ran off, leaving her little grater in the trough and no noticeable inroads on the manioc.

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Apr 23, Cjasper rated it it was ok Shelves: A History of American Childhood. Liedloff felt that we had lost our trust in our children and ultimately ourselves.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Her solution was to set the scene herself, then perform the hunt. I had seen her with the women and girls, playing as they grated manioc in a trough. Topics Parents and parenting. There are no simple solutions.

My kids never felt it useful to put fingers to flame or stovetop, jeaan cut themselves with the knives, no metal in sockets, liecloff coins in nostril. By imitating the Yequana’s culture. It compares wild people to civilized people through the eyes of an eyewitness reporter, and tries to explain how communities of the same liddloff could be as different as night and day.

I know plenty of moms who want to hold their babies but don’t for fear of spoiling them, and it makes me feel sad – for the mom who is denying herself this lovely pleasure and for the baby who just wants to be with lisdloff mom.


I can hardly believe people are gay because mommy didn’t hold them enough. The experience it could tolerate was defined by the circumstances to which its antecedents had adapted.

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But we can make them bad. There is great interest in what everyone does, but no impulse to influence–let alone coerce–anyone. The following is from the Continuum website: Here is the most striking paragraph in the book: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She has not a shred of criticism for their way of life. If our parents, our tribesman, our authority figures, clearly expect us to be bad or anti-social or hean or selfish or dirty or destructive or self-destructive, our social nature is such that we tend to meet the expectations of lieedloff elders.

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That said, I did find many of the author’s ideas quite intriguing. The way Liedloff describes it, she seems to advocate just completely ignoring young babies as one goes about their daily life.

She is the aunt of writer Janet Hobhouse[2] and is represented by the character Constance in Hobhouse’s book “The Furies. To ask other readers questions about The Continuum Conceptplease sign up. I would so love to be able to give this book a higher star-rating, but Consistent with the economical character of nature, he wants no more than he needs.

Tarzan represented a pure being. 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.

It appears even the things I like about the book have serious qualifications.