The Continuum Concept

English books


By Jean Liedloff

The Continuum Concept introduces the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings - especially babies - require the kind of instinctive nurturing as practiced by our ancient relatives. It is a true 'back to basics' approach to parenting.

Author Jean Liedloff spent two and-a-half years in the jungle deep in the heart of South America living with indigenous tribes and was astounded at how differently children are raised outside the Western world. She came to the realisation that essential child-rearing techniques such as touch, trust and community have been undermined in modern times, and in this book suggests practical ways to regain our natural well-being, for our children and ourselves.

Deserves to be read by Western parents, child psychologists, and other social engineers concerned with restoring self-reliance and well-being. There are remarkable insights here.
– The New York Times Book Review
A book we should all help us become nurturing parents and advocates for our own child within, to understand what we missed, and to restore it.
– Gloria Steinem
Basic things about human nature that we forget or ignore at our peril.
– Professor Robert Aldrich, M.D., Formerly of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Washington, D.C.
"If I had to choose one book to give parents-to-be, here it is.
– George Leonard


Table of Contents

  1. How my ideas were so radically changed
  2. The continuum concept
  3. The beginning of life
  4. Growing up
  5. Deprivation of essential experiences
  6. Society
  7. Putting continuum principles back to work


About the Author

Jean Liedloff, an American writer, spent two and a half years deep in the South American jungle with Stone Age Indians. 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. She offers a new understanding of how we have lost much of our natural well-being and shows us practical ways to regain it for our children and for ourselves.


Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 176
Size: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8cm
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140192452
Publication date: 1989/11

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