In the 1950s and ‘60s, a sadistic social psychologist named Harry Harlow conducted a series of experiments on the role of love and nurturing on attachment and social belonging, using rhesus monkeys as his subjects.
Harlow took baby monkeys from their mothers shortly after birth and placed one monkey in a cage with a wire "monkey" and another in a cage with a wire "monkey" covered in terrycloth. Harlow’s theory was that infants did not develop attachments solely because they were provided food from their mothers (a theory common among behavioral psychologists), but because of the tactile comfort mothers provided their babies. After about 90 days, Harlow then placed the baby monkeys into the general monkey population, and watched their behavior.
Welcome to my Blog!
This is a blog for middle-aged women, like me, who want to live a life of increased authenticity, and greater well-being, with fewer masks and a lot more fun.