* Viorst discusses the absolute need for a mother.
* Abandonment is inevitable, but does not have to lead to permanent damage.
* Extended absences can make "the heart grow frantic, not fonder."
* The high price children pay for extended absences away from their mother calls into question our entire societal structure.
* Viorst discusses how our first loss of the umbilical connection may lead us to pursue oneness through other means.
* Orgasm, drugs, nature, art, religion, meditation, and prostitution are all ways in which people try to bridge the loss of oneness.
* Temporary fantasies can provide what we are missing from that lost connection with our mother, thus restoring the bliss of mother-child oneness.
* Human children naturally withdraw from the bliss of oneness through differentiation.
* As we become more independent, we still view our mothers as an appendage or safety net.
* Through virtually all stages of development...
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