Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 113–115 | Cite as

Louis Cozolino, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain

W. W. Norton & Co., New York, 2006, 447 pp, $35.00
  • Dennis MiehlsEmail author
Book Review

In this text, Louis Cozolino adds to his impressive contributions to the increasingly important and relevant field of neurobiology and attachment theory, and how these contribute to human development. His 2002 text, The neuroscience of psychotherapy: Building and rebuilding the human brain, set some of the conceptual framework for his current endeavor. In his current text, Cozolino explicitly explores how our human interpersonal interactions fundamentally shape the construction of each other’s brains. He notes that the brain is an organ of adaptation and that its structures are built in interaction with others. He emphasizes the notion that “there are no single brains” (p. 6) and in so doing, he clearly positions attachment constructs and relationships at the heart of the development of both adaptive and maladaptive behaviors in children and adults. His thesis challenges the Western construct of individualism. Rather than honoring the notion that “healthy” individuals are autonomous,...


  1. Applegate, J., & Shapiro, J. (2005). Neurobiology for clinical social work: theory and practice. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.Google Scholar
  2. Milulincer, M., & Shaver, P. (2007). Attachment in adulthood: Structure, dynamics and change. New York: Guilford Publications.Google Scholar
  3. Mitchell, S. (1988). Relational concepts in psychoanalysis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Mitchell, S. (1997). Influence and autonomy in psychoanalysis. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press.Google Scholar
  5. Mitchell, S. (2000). Relationality: From attachment to intersubjectivity. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press.Google Scholar
  6. Mitchell, S., & Black, M. (1995). Freud and beyond. New York: Basic Books.Google Scholar
  7. Schore, A. (2000). Attachment and the regulation of the right brain. Attachment and human development, 2(1), 23–47.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Smith College School of Social WorkNorthamptonUSA

Personalised recommendations