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Made for Each Other

Made for Each Other
Meg Daley Olmert
Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2008
QL85 .O46 2008

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, and archeaology, 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 lovely and original investigation asks what happens when that bond is severed. If thousands of years of caring for animals infused us with biology that shaped our hearts and minds, do we dare turn our backs 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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