• Essential Joseph Chilton Pearce 17
    Bonding, Culture and Survival
    bonding, culture, parenting
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    Bonding is a biological process. Direct, skin to skin contact immediately after birth activates in the mother the ancient species survival reflex.This opens and develops strengthens and capacities that she has not needed before, abilities to attune to the infant on many levels. She is driven by a tremendous genetic drive to insure the wellbeing of the child. Intimate interaction correspondingly activates the infant’s innate intelligence. Mother and infant are awakening in the other the unique and exact capacities needed for each to fulfill nature’s agenda of optimum development of the species. Each is taking their cues from the other. Inhibit, retard, break this reciprocal intimate relationship and both mother and child pay a heavy price, as does the culture.