Bowlby’s seminal contribution to the way we understand attachment concludes with an examination of loss. He offers not only a new developmental model but also rare insight into the dynamics of mourning, the problems of depression, and the processes of accommodation and healing. An appreciation by Daniel Stern, whose research on the mother/infant bond affirms and expands on Bowlby’s work, fittingly graces this new edition.
The work as a whole constitutes a major contribution to our thinking about the development of attachment and affectional bonds, and the consequences of their disruption. All three books must be compulsory reading for anyone with the slightest interest in the topic.