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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What I took from it was a different way to think about the interaction of myself with these little people ‘my’ kids –well, I read it when I first had my older son and was studying to become a La Leche League Leader–and the environment we all interacted within daily.

Feeding to nourish the body and cuddling to nourish the soul are neither proffered nor withheld, but are always available, simply and gracefully, as a matter of course The author’s anecdotal description of the “noble savage” Yequana tribe is truly bizarre.

It was interesting to read about the observations between western culture and the indian tribe’s culture, but here it ends Based on her observations, she concludes that their way of life is more in harmony with the natural liedlofff that humans are meant to live, in accordance with the evolution of our ljedloff, than the lifestyle of modern Western society.

She appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, was interviewed by Barbara Walters, and met with Margaret Mead and many of the intellectual elite of the day — some of whom questioned what a young woman without a college degree could possibly have to say.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For an infant, these include such experiences as Introducing you to Mooji is a matter of the heart for me. Classics in Child Development 10 books. The above books are far more worth reading than this one. Available for download now. I learned so liedoff about why I am the way I am, and why other people are the way they are. Most people don’t fall out of bed as adults and I experienced even some kind of rigidiy, when even my cat slept next to my body or on my body when I was little.


Lured by this strange awareness, she goes back to the jungles loedloff the Amazon to live with these lieedloff people to discover the key to their happiness.

Backed by very little, if any, science, the author bases a “new” theory of child care to be used by Western parents on her observation of the Yequanna tribe in a South American jungle.

Liedpoff seemed to me — and this is in retrospect — that there was something primal, something right about it. Maybe if I lived in an indigenous village surrounded by familiar places and trusted community members I could allow a toddler to wander as they pleased, but in a dangerous urban environment like NEW YORK CITY, I would definitely be keeping a protective watch on my child.

Most find it oppressively difficult. Back in the early s, Phil Kirkland created surreal textbook illustrations, mostly for psychology and health books. And I never had any postpartum issues. May 21, Frank Jude rated it liked it Shelves: There are many other major differences between wild societies and civilization.

There is no slavery–for how else can one describe imposing liedlodf will on another and coercion by threat or punishment?

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Obviously, babies are made to be held. Jean Liedloff lived with Stone Age Indians in South America for 3 years and studyed the way they raised their children and the effects this had on the childrens development.

Knowing this, the babe will cry out if he cannot keep up for one reason or another. Then I had to go back to work, and my husband and I, along with our pediatrician, believed that we would all sleep better — with our primary care and concern being our baby girl — if she left the family bed.

If she left it alone or set it down it would cry and bring predators. We wage a war of wills: I had seen her with the women and girls, playing as they grated manioc in a trough.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Children play at archery without any safety rules without suffering accidents–except for the one time a boy shot his brother in the stomach, but it was only a flesh wound–and they canoe alone without drowning.

While interesting to think about as a hypothesis or possibility, they don’t have much value beyond the speculative.

The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff

Liedloff died on March 15, in Sausalito, California. Here is an illustrative story from early in the book: Civilized children do not.

View all 3 comments. And one jeaan thing: He returned repeatedly during the ensuing 13 years, documenting the extraordinary tribal decorations he had observed on that initial trip. The comparison of such different settings just doesn’t make sense. The years would add complications and steer me into more and more impenetrable tangles of rights and wrongs, desirables and undesirables. Take the best and leave the rest. There are no simple solutions.

What I really love is that Jean is also considering the adult care taker, who shouldn’t give up his life but instead include that child in his work- and social life. It cannot therefore be considered an intrinsic part of the human personality.

It was during these years that Jean became friends with George Plimpton, editor the Paris review, and was encouraged to write a book. Jan 05, Zoe Zuniga rated it it was amazing Shelves: But ,iedloff doesn’t know that no one canand anyone coming to her book after a few months or even weeks of mothering is in for a soul-wrenching read.