Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Untouched: The Need for Genuine Affection in an Impersonal World

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Untouched: The Need for Genuine Affection in an Impersonal World

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Untouched: The Need for Genuine Affection in an Impersonal World, by Mariana Caplan (Prescott, AZ: Hohm Press, 1998).

This book should be required reading for all parents, medical persons, legislators, teachers, psychotherapists-and indeed anyone involved with children of any age. Ashley Montagu writes a strong Foreword and many notable persons including James Prescott, Christiane Northrup, Bernie Siegel, Dolores Krieger, and Stephen and Ondrea Levine have given the book high praise.

Mariana Caplan has done an inspirational job describing the current state of physical contact-or lack of it-among people in our modern world, especially in the fast-moving, extremely impersonal culture of the West. The first section of the book is disheartening because she tells us so vividly and accurately just how removed we have become as a society from connecting with each other in openness and love. Instead, we keep our distance from almost everyone because of fear, mistaken beliefs, and because of our individual histories of neglect and abuse. It is chilling to consider how lack of loving touch contributes to the current state of violence in our society.

For most readers of this Journal, there may not be much new information presented, however, Ms. Caplan has gathered this material and expressed her opinions in an excellent format. She has written a book that not only validates much of the current thinking in the preand perinatal community, but also is easily readable by those in many unrelated walks of life.

My experience of her slightly sarcastic, critical style was that it is not only thought provoking, but also energizing. …

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