Tuesday October 19th
Today's post to share is written by Past President Neil W. Boris, MD
The British psychiatrist John Bowbly, often considered “the father of attachment theory,” wrote this in the first volume of his seminal trilogy of books on attachment: "Intimate attachments to other human beings are the hub around which a person's life revolves, not only as an infant or a toddler or a schoolchild but throughout adolescence and years of maturity as well, and on into old age. From these intimate attachments a person draws strength and enjoyment of life and, through what he or she contributes, gives strength and enjoyment to others. These are matters about which current science and traditional wisdom are at one." (Bowlby, J. (1980) Attachment and Loss: Volume 1. Attachment. Basic Books: New York. Note: words in italics added).
I believe Bowlby’s words have profound implications for those of us in the helping professions—those of us working with families facing struggles, families needing strength. Bowlby’s words suggest that by creating relationships, and then using those relationships to contribute something to others, we are leveraging science and wisdom at once. How cool is that?!
Because relationships are central to infant mental health practice, this week we also celebrate YOU, the professionals who work with, or on behalf of, babies and their families in Florida!
As an important adult in a child's life--whether you are a child care teacher, an Infant/Toddler Developmental Specialist, therapist or perhaps an administrator of a program that serves babies & families--you make a positive impact through your relationships built and sustained over time.
And, four decades after Bowlby wrote those words Dr. Boris reflects on above, it does appear that both science and wisdom agree!
Don't forget to RSVP for tomorrow's Celebrate Babies IMH Conversation!
Weds. October 20th via Zoom at 12pm Eastern/ 11am Central