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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Raised in the Indian manner, the kids lived with a sense of wellbeing throughout their entire lives. The basic idea of the continuum concept is that there is a natural way that we are all liedlofff to develop, though civilized life has torn us away from it.

The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost

If she left it alone or set it down it would cry and bring predators. Oct 21, Lisa C rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jewn the biggest disagreement I have with the author’s criticism to being “child-centered” is that it directly contradicts one of the most central aspects of Attachment Parenting, being responsive to your child.

I feel it has set me on a path towards healing, and I am relieved to know that I can help prevent my child from being a victim of our culture.

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 liiedloff 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 on baby-rearing. Needless to say, I am not opposed to Liedloff’s baby rearing recommendations – baby wearing, co-sleeping, breastfeeding on demand, etc.

Jan 22, Adrienne rated it it was amazing. We will raise our kids as we ourselves were raised. 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 his mom.


In the high-society world at lieeloff time, the big news was the “party of the century. While I wholly support attachment parenting styles such as frequent carrying of your babymany of Liedloff’s assumptions and suggestions are naive.

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See 2 questions about The Continuum Concept…. Pepe enjoyed it all the more because he and his friend talked and joked the whole time.

I had seen her with the women and girls, playing as they grated manioc in a trough. First of all, I am appalled at the state of mind I must have been in when I first read it, cause boy did I swallow it hook, line, and sinker. Wenzel Hablik is a visionary, an utopian architect of the proverbial crystal castles in the clouds.

During a diamond-hunting expedition to Venezuela, Jean Liedloff came into contact with the indigenous Yequana people. She followed her strongest impulse first and ate the food. You won’t know how to behave in a world of other people.

This was probably groundbreaking in the time it was written, and is still groundbreaking today for people who haven’t been exposed to ideas outside of the mainstream.

Tall, blonde, beautiful and dressed in a leopardskin-patterned bikini, she cut an incongruous figure in the jungle. But I did not then understand the continuum. Everyone at Arepuchi was glad, Pepe told us, because Cesar had been growing discontented and irritable.

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Every child is completely different and you are always flying by the seat of your pants. Obviously, babies are made to be held. But Freud lied,off no undeprived people in his acquaintance.

As is Huck’s Raft: Here is the most striking paragraph in 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.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The “Continuum Concept” pretty much is what is now referred to as “Attachment Parenting. Not only do I think this is not healthy for the baby or the parent-child bond, but anyone who has ever had a baby can tell you it’s not realistic.

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To give either more or less assistance than he genuinely needs tends to defeat that purpose. I am sure there is a grain of truth in what she liedloff in favor of the indigenous way of life, and of course industrialized Western culture leaves much to be desired, but the lieedloff way probably lies somewhere in the middle. She seemed completely devoid of all vanity and rarely talked about herself.


Just read it and see for yourself. There is great interest in what everyone does, but no impulse to influence–let alone coerce–anyone. I first read this book seven years ago, as a new mom, and just reread it for book group. Their children were all well-behaved, never argued, never hit each other, liedlofd had tantrums, never suffered boredom, and were never punished by their parents. It seemed to him that all of us had to cope with jealousy and hatred of our brothers and sisters, who threatened our access to our mothers.

There are lots of points like that, which can be simply overread. Liedloff was a founding member lirdloff the Ecologist magazine.

Lists with This Book. Jean Liedloff is, I believe, unaware or uninterested in the details of ideology and politics discussed above, but her book is a perfect and necessary part of any attempt to understand why our world has become as bleak as it has, and what might be done about it, if anything.

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.

Very insightful and compelling. Rather, liedloff her execution of an argument liedlkff them that I have trouble with. Their emotional life does not require it, so their culture does not provide it.

In this lecture Terence unfolds an ocean of ideas, a metaphor for the psychedelic dimension you are sailing out onto to cast the net of the human imagination to retrieve novel ideas out of the chaos.

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