A Relational Approach to The Human-Animal Bond

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Abstract:

The human-animal bond is an example of the importance of connections between living beings in general. In a relational model, inner growth throughout the life span takes place in the context of connections. The primary mode of communication between human and animal is attunement, the mutual picking up of, and responding to, the subjective state of another creature. Human-animal relationships provide safe, responsive settings for inner growth.

Document Type: Commentary

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279398787000670

Publication date: September 1, 1998

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