Necessary Losses Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter Abstracts

Chapters 1-2

• 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.

Chapters 3-4

• 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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