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The Nature and Nurture of LoveFrom Imprinting to Attachment in Cold War America$
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Marga Vicedo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226020556

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226020693.001.0001

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Reinforcing Each Other and a Normative View of Nature

Reinforcing Each Other and a Normative View of Nature

(p.209) Chapter Eight Reinforcing Each Other and a Normative View of Nature
The Nature and Nurture of Love

Marga Vicedo

University of Chicago Press

This chapter shows how John Bowlby and Konrad Lorenz supported each other, creating an impression of interdisciplinary strength and providing legitimacy to their views on children's needs for maternal love and care. By the mid-1960s, they both faced important challenges to the empirical basis of their theories. Nevertheless, they continued their cross-disciplinary alliance and elaborated on the serious social implications of their positions. The chapter also examines Bowlby's introduction of the concept of the environment of evolutionary adaptedness (EEA), which provided a new twist in the naturalizing of parental roles, one that appealed to the evolutionary significance of the right environmental inputs in maintaining the behaviors and emotions optimally designed by natural selection.

Keywords:   John Bowlby, Konrad Lorenz, maternal love, environment of evolutionary adaptedness, parental roles, natural selection

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