A quotation takes an excursion

The psychological theory of attachment was first described by John Bowlby (1907-1990). In A Secure Base (1988) he wrote:

“All of us, from the cradle to the grave, are happiest when life is organised as a series of excursions, long or short, from the secure base provided by our attachment figures.”.

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From: Lavinia Gomez: An Introduction to Object Relations (1997):


John Bowlby’s work is unusual in psychoanalysis. On the one hand he is external, exact, concerned with measurement and validation; on the other, he reveals an unexpected passion in his pleas for the suffering of children to be understood, devoting his professional life to making British society a better place for its children. These interwoven characteristics of objectivity and emotion reflect his divided early life (see Holmes 1993).

Bowlby was born in 1907, the fourth of six children. His was a well-known upper-class family: his father, Sir Anthony, was surgeon to the royal family. Bowlby had a close and competitive relationship with his older brother Tony, and was alternately teasing and protective towards his younger brother Jim. Jim was slow and awkward and was almost a contradiction in terms: an unsuccessful Bowlby.

From: Jeremy Holmes: John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (1993):

“John Donne’s ‘A Valediction: forbidding mourning’ concerns a sea voyage, and uses the image of a circle as an antidote to the abyss of loss and separation. He pictures the invisible but precious bonds which link carer and cared-for, lover and beloved in an attachment relationship as slender threads of gold.”

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