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The tending instinct : how nurturing is essential for who we are and how we live / Shelley E. Taylor.

Taylor, Shelley E. (Author).


Taylor examines stress, relationships, and human society through the special lens of women's biology. She draws on genetics, evolutionary psychology, physiology, and neuroscience to show how this tending process begins virtually at the moment of conception and literally crafts the biology of offspring through genes that rely on caregiving for their expression. Taylor also examines what drives women to seek each other's company, and to tend to the young and the infirm -- acts that greatly benefit the group but often at great cost to the individual.

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  • ISBN: 0805068376 (hbk.)
  • Physical Description: vii, 290 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2002.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-280) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
ch. 1. The power of tending -- ch. 2. The origins of tending -- ch. 3. The tending brain -- ch. 4. Good and bad tending -- ch. 5. A little help from friends and strangers -- ch. 6. Women befriending -- ch. 7. Tending in marriage -- ch. 8. Men's groups -- ch. 9. Where altruism may reside -- ch. 10. The social context of tending -- ch. 11. The tending society.
Subject: Sociobiology.
Sex differences.
Nurturing behavior.
Stress (Psychology)

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Kirtland Community College Library HM 628 .T38 2002 30531053 General Collection Available -

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