Meaning of Kinship Bonds in a Matrilineal Primitive Society

“Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted.” –Erich Fromm The Kongo Kingdom existed as an independent state for …

From Our Ancestral Tuareg Nomads: Traveling Towards Identity

“I think the driving force for cultural evolution is this desire for groups to be splitting off and separating and forming subgroups insofar as the environment will allow it. We see great cultural diversity and large numbers of cultures per unit area in regions of the world in which the …

How the Chemnistry of Smell and Touch Develops Human’s Capacity for Harmony

“The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.” –Erich Fromm Most parents are aware of the importance of successful bonding …

Meaning of Kinship Bonds in a Matrilineal Primitive Society

“Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted.” –Erich Fromm The Kongo Kingdom existed as an independent state for …

From Our Ancestral Tuareg Nomads: Traveling Towards Identity

“I think the driving force for cultural evolution is this desire for groups to be splitting off and separating and forming subgroups insofar as the environment will allow it. We see great cultural diversity and large numbers of cultures per unit area in regions of the world in which the …

How the Chemnistry of Smell and Touch Develops Human’s Capacity for Harmony

“The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.” –Erich Fromm Most parents are aware of the importance of successful bonding …

The Dance of Life: The Bond Between Mother and Child

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” –Sophia Loren The Senses and the Bond Between Mother and Child In the animal world, the first bond between mother and child …

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Errors from the past

  • “Men should be active and strong, women passive and weak; it is necessary the one should have both the power and the will, and that the other should make little resistance.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) in Emile, 1762.

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Matrilineal Baboons: Maternal Lessons from Distant Cousins

“He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.” —Charles Darwin, 1838 Scientists have long recognized the value of studying some our closest genetic cousins, the baboon animal mother, in gaining information to better understand human behavior. However, few have valued it highly enough to live among them, …
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Back to the Future: What Primates Can Teach Us about Parenting

“I’m certainly not advocating that we should behave like monkeys and apes. I’m saying that understanding the basic primate way will help us make more informed choices about the kinds of parents we want to be.” –Harriet J. Smith A practicing clinical psychologist and former fellow at the National Institute …

Ethology and Parenting: Can Instinct be Learned?

Ethology is the study of non-human animal behavior under natural conditions with the goal of learning about more about how species develop adaptive traits in response to changing social and environmental conditions. Charles Darwin’s work was instrumental in the development of the field of ethology. His theory of evolution enabled …

On The Art Of Presence And The Essential Principles Of Slow Parenting Styles

A new parenting movement has sprung up in response to the increasingly fast pace of life created by technology. Many believe that modern culture leaves no room for childhood. Instead, childhood has become a frantic series of scheduled activities that leave little time for the development of either patience or …

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Crushing Illusion of Truth: On Fictional Experts and Imagined Baby Care Guides

“Every group thinks that its way of caring for infants is the obvious, correct, natural way – a simple matter of common sense. However, as the anthropologist Clifford Geertz has pointed out, what we easily call “common sense” is anything but common. Indeed what people accept as common sense in …
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On Nostalgia, Myth and The Way We Never Were

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” –L.P. Hartley The Changing Face of Family Life Values Older people can often be heard lamenting the demise of “the good old days” when children respected their elders, adults behaved civilly towards one another, and good manners were a …
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Family Values and the Value of Families in the Mescalero Tribe

“I was no chief and never had been, but because I had been more deeply wronged than others, this honor was conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of the trust.“ –Geronimo Family Life in the Mescalero Tribe The Mescaleros are one of several indigenous American peoples who …
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Hommage to the Equality Principles of the Iroquois Nation

Family Life With Iroquois Nation It’s quite possible that family life in the Iroquois Nation may have had a lasting influence on the quality of women’s lives all over the world. Iroquois society reflected the basic tenet that life has no real quality without equality. In their society, women enjoyed …

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Ethology and Parenting: Can Instinct be Learned?

Ethology is the study of non-human animal behavior under natural conditions with the goal of learning about more about how species develop adaptive traits in response to changing social and environmental conditions. Charles Darwin’s work was instrumental in the development of the field of ethology. His theory of evolution enabled …

On The Art Of Presence And The Essential Principles Of Slow Parenting Styles

A new parenting movement has sprung up in response to the increasingly fast pace of life created by technology. Many believe that modern culture leaves no room for childhood. Instead, childhood has become a frantic series of scheduled activities that leave little time for the development of either patience or …
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The Evolution of Motherhood: The Next Generation

Has Technology Created Positive Social Change for Mothers ? Motherhood as we know it began two million years ago with the emergence of homo erectus. Anthropologist Sarah Hrdy believes that one of the distinguishing features of human mothers in comparison to other primates was that of allowing others to care …
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Family Life and Prison: Changing Statistics Through Kindness

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” -Helen Keller Family Life and Prison: An Increasingly Common Phenomenon Virtually every country uses incarceration as a consequence for having committed a crime. In recent years, as the result of a number of factors …

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  • “The young girl (and the woman she becomes) is willing to deny her father’s limitations (and those of her lover or husband) as long as she feels loved. She is more able to do this because his distance means that she does not really know him. The relationship, then, because of the father’s distance and importance to her, occurs largely as fantasy and idealization, and lacks the grounded reality/ which a boy’s relation to his mother has.” Nancy Chodorow, The Reproduction of Mothering

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