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By Denise Lewis Patrick

From the shorelines of Africa to the bowels of a transatlantic send to a vote casting sales space in Mississippi to the jungles of Vietnam, all human connection is an issue of souls.

In this stirring choice of brief tales, Denise Lewis Patrick considers the souls of black women and men throughout centuries and continents. In each one, she takes the degree in their dignity, describes their goals, and catalogs their fears.

Brutality, attractiveness, laughter, rage, and love all take their turns in each one tale, however the ultimate impact is of indomitable, luminous, and attached souls.

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They complained about Bowlby’s small sample sizes and failure to control for other variables, such as physical illness or nutritional deficits. How could he be so sure that the lack of “mother-love” was causing these behavioral problems? Perhaps these thieves needed more discipline, not affection? The skepticism of love ran deep. So Bowlby went searching for more evidence. He found it in the work of Harry Harlow, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin. In the early 1950s, Harlow decided to start a breeding colony of monkeys, as he needed subjects for his research on primate learning.

As a result, they spent 40 percent more time with their friends. ”84 As Egeland and Sroufe followed the children into adolescence, they uncovered a most unexpected finding: the connection between infant attachment and the behavior of the children was getting stronger. The teenagers were even more influenced by their earliest relationships than when they were five or ten years old. ” Sroufe says. ” The Minnesota scientists found that adolescents with secure infant attachments also performed better in high school, with stronger attachments leading to higher standardized-test scores.

Nervous animals tend to be wallflowers, clinging to the edge of the box like teenagers at a school dance. Less anxious rats tend to explore their surroundings, wandering into the center of the enclosure in search of food. According to Meaney’s data, those pups born to the most comforting mothers—the high-LG [licking/grooming] animals—spent thirty-five seconds, on average, in the center of the box. 96 Similar patterns appeared across a wide range of assays and measurements. 100 They were more nurturing with their own pups.

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