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From the PublisherIrvin D. Yalom author of Love's Executioner and Momma and the Meaning of Life Cherishment is a lucid, deliciously sensitive book which begins with a mystery — a missing word in the English language — and concludes with important implications for human development and the practice of psychotherapy
Takeo Doi author of The Anatomy of Dependence What a surprise to find myself as a character in this very enjoyable book — a spiritual dialogue. The picture of amae — of the expectation to be loved — that appears in the authors' conversation is perfect.
Juliet Mitchell author of Psychoanalysis and Feminism Freud considered "the need to be loved" an original instinctual impulse, but his idea has not been seriously developed. Now, Young-Bruehl and Bethelard bring East to bear on West as they explore this neglected need. "Cherishment" is a concept and a word that will, I think, make a permanent mark on psychoanalytic theory and therapy. An important and moving contribution.
Nancy Chodorow author of The Reproduction of Mothering and The Power of Feelings Elisabeth Young-Bruehl and Faith Bethelard make a real contribution by developing a multifaceted account of the wish to be cherished and the caring behavior and feelings that express what they call "cherishment." Their book rewards readers with many compelling vignettes showing how being cherished fosters development and therapeutic change.
Kyle D. Pruett author of Fatherneed Once in a while, a new word is pulled into our language by the vital need to say something meaningful about the way we treat each other. In Cherishment, two brave, clever, compassionate friends narrate the birth and discovery of such a new word, weaving a unique East/West tapestry that helps us redefine intimacy. It's rare story, not to be missed.