Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-animal Bond

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Da Capo Press, 2009 - Psychology - 291 pages

Nothing turns a baby’s head more quickly than the sight or sound of an animal. This fascination is driven by the ancient chemical forces that first drew humans and animals together. It is also the same biology that transformed wolves into dogs and skittish horses into valiant comrades that would carry us into battle.

Made for Each Other is the first book to explain how this chemistry of attraction and attachment flows through—and between—all mammals to create the profound emotional bonds humans and animals still feel today.

Drawing on recent discoveries from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, behavioral psychology, archeology, as well as her own investigations, Meg Daley Olmert explains why the brain chemistry humans and animals trigger in each other also has a profound effect on our mental and physical well being.

This lively and original investigation asks what happens when the bond is severed. If thousands of years of caring for animals infused us with a biology that shaped our hearts and minds, do we dare turn our back on it? Daley Olmert makes a compelling and scientific case for what our hearts have always known, that we were, and always will be, made for each other.

 

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Contents

TWO The Birth of the Bond
15
THREE A Mind on Nature
33
FOUR The Rules of Engagement
43
FIVE Brave New World
51
SIX Good Dog
67
SEVEN On the Shoulders of Giants
81
EIGHT The Meeting of the Minds
105
NINE The Dog of the Hare
121
ELEVEN Made for Each Other
151
TWELVE The Survivors
165
THIRTEEN The Kids in the Coal Mine
179
FOURTEEN Oxytocin Deprivation
195
FIFTEEN Just Realizing
219
Notes
245
Acknowledgments
277
About the Author
284

TEN New Game
137

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About the author (2009)

Meg Daley Olmert has produced and written Emmy award-winning nature documentaries for PBS, National Geographic Society, and Discovery Channel. She and her husband live on the eastern shore of Maryland with their kayaking cats.

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