This is a fairly well-written fluffy self-help book. If that's all you're looking for, then by all means, give it a listen.
If, however, you're interested in the actual "science of attachment" and any of the research conducted thereon, this is not the book for you. While it makes reference to some research, there is no attempt made to show that their claims are falsifiable, there are no alternate explanations made, and the entire book is filled with inaccurate sweeping statements. As a student of psychology looking for some interesting extracurricular reading, I was deeply disappointed. The only thing I can truly say I learned from this book is that you can make a lot of money by overgeneralizing a few experiments. If there is any heavy-duty evidence to back up any of their relationship cures, it certainly wasn't included in this book.
Even as self-help, it leaves a lot to be desired. Having someone tell you to "communicate more effectively" is about as helpful as a golf instructor telling you to "swing your club better," and the extent of their dating advice it that everyone should find one of those saintly, all-knowing, all-embracing miracles, the securely attached adult, who automatically does everything right in every relationship. I suppose they're great, if you can find one.
The reader was fine, but there were several jarringly mispronounced words scattered throughout the book.
I'll admit that I did get a few ideas from this book. The author proposes that small businesses fail because the founders only wanted to create the product, and not deal with internal organization, management, advertising and so on. And he proposes that one must organize one's business in a way that would be easily replicable and standardized, for efficiency and for brand unity. Both good ideas.
However, I didn't need to listen to eight hours of clumsily-written allegory to get that point.
This is not a mystery, nor a riveting or thrilling tale. Within the first two hours, the entire series of events leading to and including the murder are revealed. Within another hour, a full confession is recorded by multiple cops. That leaves another 7 hours of blunders and mishaps.
The "definitive account of a horrifying crime" is over before the book even starts.While this may be worthwhile to those who are interested in police procedure and the foibles of the legal process, this is neither a mystery, nor thrilling, and would have been better off as an article than a book.
Having just finished John Bradshaw's "Dog Sense" and hoping to find another good book on the evolution of dogs, I was excited to see all the reviews that said that "The Wolf in the Parlor" had too much science in it. Just my style.
Unfortunately, this book doesn't actually contain much science. It contains the coherent, well-written, and entertaining musings of a guy who does a little research and then spends a lot of time thinking about what it might mean. It's an enjoyable journey that touches here and there on actual science, but it's mostly speculation and anecdotes.
Did I enjoy this book? Yes. Did I learn anything from it? No.
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