Ursula Bowlby, John Bowlby’s wife, said that ‘John was an explorer, venturing into uncharted territory’ with his friend and ally, Mary Ainsworth, providing the signposts (Ursula Bowlby 1999). Robert Hinde, also a long-time friend, collaborator and colleague of Bowlby, observed that ‘the essence of John Bowlby’s approach was broadminded eclecticism’ (Hinde 2005: 2). This gets to the heart of Bowlby’s genius and reminds us that attachment theory’s success has been its ability and willingness to remain open to new ideas from across the sciences.
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