Review of <em>The mother–infant interaction picture book: Origins of attachment</em>.

Reviews the book, The Mother–Infant Interaction Picture Book: Origins of Attachment by Beatrice Beebe, Phyllis Cohen, and Frank Lachmann (see record 2016-40244-000). It is suggested that we are born “storytelling creatures” (Bruner, 2003). All our narratives, whatever they are “about,” are motor performances with serial organization through episodes of vitality (Stern, 2010). Narrative behavior, “inherent in the praxis of social interaction before it achieves linguistic expression” (Bruner, 1990), is a foundation of conversational meaning making and culture (Cobley, 2014). The Mother–Infant Picture Book is an example of scholarly and creative storytelling at its best, a tale of coconstruction, imagination, and curiosity. The book is an exercise in attunement and paying close attention. The authors offer the reader a clear explanation of the valuable applications of attachment research to the understanding of the emerging world of the infant in the context of the primary caregiving relationship. Furthermore, they invite the reader to join them in imagining, feeling, and listening while observing in a different way, away from our usual implicit and procedural modes. The result is an invaluable addition to the world of infant research, developmental psychoanalysis, and psychoanalytic practice in general. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)