I suppose there is some virtue in having an “outsider” comment on contributions to a volume that is meant to capture the state of the art in a particular area. A fresh eye, lack of investment in theoretical positions, awareness of a literature that may be at least tangentially relevant, are all reasonable reasons. Although only an extremely isolated psychologist could remain unaware that interesting work has been going on in the area of attachment, my own area of expertise in infant visual perception is quite distant from this discipline. A possible virtue for the “outsider” is that he may learn something from having to read the volume on which he is to comment. In fact, I have learned a great deal, both about how far the area of parent—infant relations has advanced over the past two decades and about how similar are the problems that seemingly distant disciplines face.
KeywordsSocial Agent Social Sphere Maternal Bonding Positive Situation Affective Context
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