John Bowlby

John Bowlby nsIn hmolscience, John Bowlby (1907-1990) was a British developmental psychologist noted his 1969 attachment theory, amid which he attempts to deride Sigmund Freud's energy-entropy model of the mind or psychical energy model” (i.e. psychodynamics), as he refers to it, for his 1972-1980 separation theory.

In 1969, Bowlby published Attachment, the first of
his three-volume set, wherein he introduced his “attachment theory”, a precursory model to later "parent-infant bonding" models, general human bonding theories, and, in human chemistry, the modern conception of human chemical bonding. [1] With his theories of "detachment", Bowlby was also instrumental in the later theories of human debonding.

Bowlby was, oddly, very outspoken against Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud’s use and application of thermodynamics in psychology in his development of, what Bowlby calls, Freud’s “psychical energy model”, otherwise known as psychodynamics.

In fact, Bowlby devoted the entire first chapter, titled “Point of View”, of his monumental three-volume Attachment series treatise, towards an effort to discredit Freud in his use of physics terms, such as energy, entropy, force, pressure, or inertia, as in "principle of inertia", etc., in psychology. To cite one example, at the end of this chapter, Bowlby states:

“Nor is it to be supposed that the principle of entropy apples to living as it does to non-living systems.”

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1. Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume Two) (§: John Bowlby, pgs. 489-91 ). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.
2. Bowlby, John (1969). Attachment. Attachment and Loss, Volume One (pgs. 20). Basic Books.

Further reading
● Bowlby, John. (1972). Separation: Anxiety and Anger. Attachment and Loss, Volume Two. Basic Books.
● Bowlby, John. (1980). Loss: Sadness & Depression. Attachment and Loss, Volume Three. Publisher.

External links
John Bowlby – Wikipedia.

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