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oThe mother begins to destroy the child the moment it's born,o wrote the founder of behaviorist psychology, John B. Watson, whose 1928 parenting guide was revered as the child-rearing bible. For their dangerous and omawkisho impulses to kiss and hug their child, omost mothers should be indicted for psychological murder.o Behave is the story of Rosalie Rayner, Watson's ambitious young wife and the mother of two of his children. In 1920, when she graduated from Vassar College, Rayner was ready to make her mark on the world. Intelligent, beautiful, and unflappable, she won a coveted research position at Johns Hopkins assisting the charismatic celebrity psychologist John B. Watson. Together, Watson and Rayner conducted controversial experiments on hundreds of babies to prove behaviorist principles. They also embarked on a scandalous affair that cost them both their jobs-and recast the sparkling young Rosalie Rayner, scientist and thinker, as Mrs. John Watson, wife and conflicted, maligned mother, just another owoman behind a great man.o With Behave , Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a provocative fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose work influenced generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the shadow of her husband's. In turns moving and horrifying, Behave is a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress, love, marriage, motherhood, and what all those things cost a passionate, promising young woman.
Publisher: New York : Soho, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781616958008
Characteristics: 391, 6 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,21 cm.


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CatherineG_1 Jun 02, 2017

Suggested to me by a customer, this is another factional (fiction and fact) story about two of the many pioneers in Child Rearing, Dr. John Watson and Rosalie Rayner. They published a book together in the 1930's that was considered revolutionary before dear old Dr. Spock.
The blend of their personal lives and their own family life made for an interesting story.
As a parent, their theories on raising a child did not agree with mine.

Cynthia_N Jun 16, 2016

This was a slow moving and interesting read. I can't imagine using an emotionally detached style of parenting and it was interesting to see that Rayner struggled with it and Watson second guessed his ideas that were based on studies done on one child. This is a fictional biography.

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