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With more than 300,000 copies sold, this landmark book is an impressive examination of the importance of touching. "All professionals concerned with human behavior will find something of value. . . . Parents . . . can gain insight into the nurturing needs of infants."--Janet Rhoads, American Journal of Occupational Therapy...

Title : Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin
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ISBN : 9780060960285
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin Reviews

  • Ron Wroblewski
    2019-04-29 18:50

    One of the best books I have ever read - the need for people to touch each other. And what happens when they don't.I met Ashley Montagu when he was in his 90s. Someone asked him if he had any regrets about his life. He said yes, "the books I didn't buy". He had a library of 5000 books.

  • Giancarlo Lima
    2019-05-08 14:36

    A very detailed insight into what is very often (sadly) not perceived as essential: the human touch. Every time I open the book on a random page I read a passage that makes me think about human interactions and it stays with me for a long time. Accessible language that makes the reading flow, I didn't finish it yet only because I want to really take the time to appreciate the book.

  • Honorah
    2019-05-22 19:56

    Excellent book that covers the skin as sensory organ. Highly recommended for parents and anyone working with children, particularly those with any type of sensory disorder. I really wish there was a newer edition of this that integrated more research on autism, as this has some tantalizing information that he didn't have enough details on to go into in depth because there was so little research available at the time.One WARNING: an early part of the book deals with the Harlow maternal deprivation experiments on monkeys. I suspect lot of people put it down at this point because it is really distressing reading. This information is referred back to in some later sections, but you CAN skip it without being completely lost. It will affect your ability to understand some of the more complex concepts later in the book, but you can still get the majority of it if you skip this section. don't let it stop you from reading the rest of the book. It's fabulous, but that first section can be a tough read.

  • Alexandra
    2019-05-17 18:45

    Although dated, this book is still pertinent. Easy to read, a subject that many a layman might not usually be exposed to, made accessible and applicable.Research based, comprised of old studies, many of which still stand up today and some speculative psychology that one make take or leave. It is easy to marginalize the contents divulged in this book due to its antiquated status and an assumption that its contents are somehow common or collective knowledge. i wonder, if so, why do we not practice better care? For many this book may open doors to sense and connection and this is the prime reason I quite like it.

  • Vin W. Dreverhaven
    2019-04-25 14:43

    Leí, leí y sobreleí y nada más no llegué a nada contundente. Entiendo que cuando fue lanzado, el libro rompió hitos abordando un tema hasta entonces discriminado de la literatura y la ciencia, sin embargo el autor pudo aportarnos algo más que un (ginecológico) tratado evolutivo de la vida intrauterina (que representa más del 50% del texto).En definitiva, creo que la tesis del libro podría resumirse en una quinta parte de todo lo que intenta desarrollar el autor. Como psicólogo no encontré mucha utilidad en este texto.

  • Sylvester
    2019-04-30 14:47

    The mind of the skin! That sentence alone intrigues me. And what about that phrase "body English"? And then there's this teasing statement, "Since the various senses are really skin receptors of different sorts, the eyes and ears and nose and certainly the tongue, at first "feel" rather than see, hear, smell, and taste." That is a new perspective for me. Montagu goes on to talk about "the tactile quality of vision", which is something I never thought about in my life! Wow. The skin. Vastly under-rated and overlooked, yet vital to our survival, not just as a covering for our other organs, but in the sense that our need for touch is so compelling a hunger that both animals and humans die for lack of it.This book is out-dated in many ways, and some of Montagu's statements seem naive in light of recent scientific developments - however, this subject is incredibly fascinating, and gave me a new appreciation for my own skin, and furthered my understanding of the power of touch. Anyone interested in the influence touch has on a life will get something out of this book.

  • Suzanne Kunz Williams
    2019-05-17 21:47

    I remember reading this for some psychology or communication class at BYU-Idaho which was then called Ricks College. I fell in love with the book. The research, the ideas this book presents. The concepts it taught forever ingrained themselves in my heart. I breastfeed because of this book. Everyone in my family gets a massage at least once a week because of this book. I know there are so many other ways I could be using touch to connect and show love - I'm sure that rereading this book would remind me of them. If you have someone in your family who's love language is touch, or even if you don't because all of us connect through touch on some level, this is a perfect book to read on the subject. A perfect book to read during February where we are once again trying to books how much our families and friends know that we love them.

  • Allison
    2019-04-26 18:51

    We neglect our sense of touch in American society today. This book explains why it's important and touch as a form of healing. They back up their assertions with scientific examples. I recommend this book only for the reason that it raised my awareness of this fact. What I don't necessarily agree with are the chapters which draw correlations between certain crimes and lack of touch in early childhood experiences and the Freudian concepts. I think it was written in the 70s when Freud was trendy, and some of these ideas don't hold credence anymore, and sound more like speculation than science. Although, I do agree with the general idea that if everyone was loved unconditionally as a child, there would be less violence in the world.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-22 17:57

    Part of me feels this should be sent home with every new parent, but the rest of me realizes that not many of them would actually read it. I wouldn't label it as an 'easy read' by any stretch of the imagination--part of the reason why it's still 'currently reading' is because it requires my concentration. Every word is loaded. But it is SO fascinating!I highly recommend it to ANYBODY that is interested in infants, children, development, family relations, the demise of society, etc.

  • Katy
    2019-05-01 16:49

    I first read this book as part of my Montessori training. It's an interesting read; really just a collection and review of previous studies with a lot of the author's opinion and interpretation thrown in. The author presents the skin as human's most important organ, and touching as the most important way that humans interact with each other.It's good for browsing, too. The chapters are all pretty independant, and I can sit down and take 5 minutes to read something interesting.

  • Sharen
    2019-05-24 20:56

    I've been wanting to read this 1974 book for the longest time and I'm so glad that a friend reminded me of it. It will forever change the way you view skin and will reaffirm the statement that a baby/infant can never be held enough. A must read for expectant parents or anyone interested in the importance of human touch and how it helps to form the adults we become.

  • Karthi Mohan
    2019-04-25 18:37

    I get the feeling this book has touched quite a few practitioners and parents around the time it was published. Neuroscience has advanced a whole lot since the 70s and so the content here is pretty outdated. There are many nice quotes and anecdotes though.

  • Jonna
    2019-05-02 21:40

    I remember seeing Ashley Montagu talk about this book way back when Phil Donahue had a talk show. I had just had my baby girl, so touching was a big thing for me. I am a very touchy-feelie kind of person and I was glad to be reinforced in this book that this is a good thing. :)

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  • Chris Nickerson
    2019-05-09 18:51

    n amazing primer on the significance of human touch and how it can be used.

  • Caths Babyclasses
    2019-05-10 22:36

    Fascinating! Really interested to read.

  • Robin
    2019-05-16 17:49

    Mainly a collection of studies over the years on the effects of touching in infants and how tactile exposure is a basic need of humans. Felt a wee bit dated.