The Attachment Effect
Available June 5th
A revealing look at how and why we relate to others—and how we can improve our closest connections.
The psychology of attachment is having a moment. Why is this concept, widely accepted for decades, suddenly in the news? Because people are discovering how powerfully it sheds light on the mystery of how we relate to each other—and why these patterns tend to repeat themselves over the course of our lives.
Fascinated by the subject, award-winning journalist and author Peter Lovenheim embarked on a journey to explore the science of attachment and how it underpins our complicated connections to each other. Through a compelling narrative that combines personal stories with scientific research, along with personal insights into his own intimate relationships, Lovenheim brings the attachment process to life and reveals how our earliest bond shapes our entire lives.
Part journalism, part memoir, part psychological guide, The Attachment Effect is a powerful read that shows how we can improve all our relationships—with spouses and lovers, children and aging parents, co-workers, friends, teammates, and more—and will bring each of us to new levels of personal understanding.
Praise for The Attachment Effect
“Does a magnificent job of revealing how attachment manifests at the workplace, in friendships, religion, and even politics.”
—Amir Levine, M.D., author of Attached
“Every reader will find this book about attachment enlightening and, above all, moving…. An easy, absorbing read.”
—Dr. Sue Johnson, author of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
“…richly informative, deeply researched, touchingly personal, and always readable book about the meaning and uses of attachment theory…”
—Judith Viorst, author of Necessary Losses
“It is rare for a book to be this much fun while also being so instructive and thought provoking. I loved reading it!”
—Phillip R. Shaver, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California Davis
“Cogent, informative, well written….artfully lays out how styles of attachment shape behavior in many different settings and people (including the author himself).”
—Joan Jacobs Brumberg, professor emerita of Women’s Studies and Human Development at Cornell
“This remarkable book can be read in several ways. Each makes us more informed and better off.”
—Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society
“An incisive work that can guide everyone to have a better relationship with every individual who matters in their lives.”
—Nicholas Gage, author of Eleni and A Place for Us
Peter, in his first year, with his parents, Andrew and June Lovenheim, his sister, Jane, and brother, Robert.
Later photo: Peter and Jane celebrate their father’s 96th birthday.