Book Review: The Tending Instinct. Shelley Taylor, New York, Henry Holt; 2002. 290 pp. $25.00

Book Review: The Tending Instinct. Shelley Taylor, New York, Henry Holt; 2002. 290 pp. $25.00 P1: KEE Sex Roles [sers] pp1203-sers-486782 May 14, 2004 14:27 Style file version June 3rd, 2002 ° C Sex Roles, Vol. 50, Nos. 11/12, June 2004 ( 2004) Book Review The Tending Instinct. Shelley Taylor, New York, She creates a conceptual framework broad enough Henry Holt; 2002. 290 pp. $25.00. to include both evolutionary psychology and intellec- tual traditions that presuppose human interconnect- Shelley Taylor asserts in The Tending Instinct that edness, as many subfields of clinical, social, health, prosocial motivation and behavior, how we “love, nur- and developmental psychology do. In addition, be- ture, and care for one another” (p. 3), are instinctive, havior attributed to females that is often overlooked intrinsic to human nature, and central to human func- or discounted as being unimportant, such as gossip or tioning. “Tending and befriending,” the propensity to informal groups, is seen as being central to the im- nurture offspring and others when conditions become portant woman’s work of maintaining social ties and more stressful, and to seek such tending and befriend- therefore to human evolution. ing when stressed, are also instinctive, as much re- The ultimate test of this book is its adequacy sponses to stress as is the Sex Roles Springer Journals

Book Review: The Tending Instinct. Shelley Taylor, New York, Henry Holt; 2002. 290 pp. $25.00

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