All of us have an intense desire to be loved and nurtured. The need to be loved, as Bowlby’s and others’ experiments have shown, could be considered one of our most basic and fundamental needs. One of the forms that the need to be loved love takes is contact comfort (link is external)—the desire to be held and touched. Findings show (link is external)that babies who are deprived contact comfort, particularly during the first six months after they are born, grow up to be psychologically damaged. … (to read more)

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