It is only in the last 20 years that we recognize that infants need to be held and touched. We know that they cannot grow–they literally fail to thrive–unless they experience physical and emotional closeness with another human being. What we often don’t realize is that that need for connection never goes away. It goes on throughout life. And in its absence, symptoms develop–from the angry acting out of the adolescent boys I saw, to depression, addiction, and illness.

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