Attachment theory underestimates the child

  title={Attachment theory underestimates the child},
  author={Judith Rich Harris},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={30 - 30}
  • J. Harris
  • Published 1 February 2009
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Abstract The problem with elaborations of attachment theory is attachment theory itself. How would a mind that works the way the theory posits have increased its owner's fitness in hunter-gatherer times? The child's mind is more capacious and discerning than attachment theorists give it credit for. Early-appearing, long-lasting personality characteristics, often mistaken for the lingering effects of early experiences, are more likely due to genetic influences on personality. 
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