Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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From The New Yorker
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Blum is a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004Z2NQDM
- Publisher : Basic Books; 1st edition (July 5, 2011)
- Publication date : July 5, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1570 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 364 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #602,237 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have a good memory of my early childhood, and this book reinforced what I had already suspected. While I took the blame for all of their disappointments in me, it was they who made me what I was.
I lived to get away from my mother. And I had decided by the time that I graduated from high school that I could not put another child through what I had been through. I would have been exactly like her because I had never seen an example of a child being loved.
My mother did not want to be a mother. This book explains why I am the way that I am today, anxious and isolated and not being able to socialize.
The learning disabilities that I had were monumental, but at least I lived during a time where I was not labeled.
I scored poorly on the Stanford Binet test and overheard my mother say to my dad that she guessed that I would never amount to nothing.
This book is so important, and if it makes women feel guilty, so be it. How the mother treats the child determines the child's future.
I love animals, and the thought of using them for testing makes me sick. But if testing animals will make people understand what they are doing to their children, it is worth it and PETA be damned.
The science of attachment theory owes a lot to Harlow, but he himself was a tragic character, and the book is about Hzeloewcas much as it is about attachment science and theory. Harlow might have been a hard character to like, but what he proved to the world—if we will,all ,Owen—is that we do need love. Even the smallest child, even the otter baby primates—we need love. Without love, without physical bonding when we are young, we will become very self destructive beings.
It’s disturbing material, but this is important information for all people. It is very very sad to read descriptions and see pictures of what these poor little baby primates experienced, (not to mention suffering of their mothers too), but if more of us read about what Harlow showed us, then maybe the suffering of those little baby primates was not in vain.
This is a very good book. I’m glad I read it. It’s easy to read, as far as the beautiful writing, but the subject matter is hard to take. That’s what makes it like a work of fiction, I guess.
Harry Harlow's real life is set against the primate family situations in this compelling story of love's basic place in our lives set against the psychology of the day including other giants such as Bowlby. It makes one challenge and examine the relationships in their lives.
Blum's writing is never dry, never boring. She writes with amazing flair and humanity. You'll feel that you are getting to know this person, Harry Harlow. Even more, you'll feel you are there in the lab with Harlow and his graduate students, waiting to see how the baby monkeys will react to the latest experiment. What will we learn? Will anyone listen? Blum cares, and you'll care too.
You can't help but feel for the monkeys when you read this book. And Blum doesn't gloss over the issue of abuse, especially mental, that was visited on our primate cousins in the name of science. "Goon Park" takes an unflinching look at Harry Harlow, warts and all. I think her treatment of all the issues was fair and balanced.
I highly recommend "Love At Goon Park." It's well-written, interesting and important.
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A fascinating read about an important and largely neglected scientist.
There's a fascinating small tale about an early monkey-baby who was given a mother-doll with no face. When later they later tried to give it a face, the baby was horrified. This matches the earlier observations about how British children evacuated from cities to safe homes in the country were mostly miserable despite homes that were loving and in many ways better than they had come from.
It's also explained how rat-mothers and rat-babies bond strongly, but any mother or baby will do, baby rats can be added or removed without disturbing the family structure.
There's lots of other interestng stuff, but read the book and find out for yourself.