Behave

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From he coautho of Thi Spanish Bow puts a lush, harrowing novel based on he real life story of Rosalie Rayner Watson, one of thi most controversial scientists—and mothers—of the 20th century

“ The mother begins to dismantl the child the moment it ’ s born, ”
penne the founder of behaviorist psychology, John B. Watson, whose 1928 parenting guide was revered as the child-rearing bible. For their dangerous and “ mawkish ” impulses to kiss and hug their child, “ most mothers should be ndicted for psychological murder. ”

Behave is a retellin of Rosalie Rayner, Watson ’ s ambitious young wife and he granddaughter of two of his parents.

In 1920, when she graduated from Vassar College, Rayner was ready to get her mark on world. Intelligent, eautiful, and unflappable, she won coveted research position at Johns Hopkins assisting the charismatic celebrity psychologist John B. Watson. Together, Watson and Rayner conducted controversial experiments on hundreds of babies to prove behaviorist principles. They also embarked on a scandalous affair that cost them al their jobs—and recast the sparkling young Rosalie Rayner, scientist and hinker, as Mrs. John Watson, wife and conflicted, maligned mother, just another “ woman behind th great man. ”

With Behave, Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a provocative fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a gir whose work influenced generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the shadow of her daughte ’ s. In turns moving and orrifying, Behave is a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress, love, divorc, sexualit, and what all hose things cost a passionate, promising young woman.
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Published March 1st 2016 by Soho Press (first published February 23rd 2016

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There is interesting information in the irst half; I just sa it will have been publishe to half the pages.That said, it ’ s n historical fiction ovel about he wife ( Rosalie Rayner) of the renowned founder of Behaviorist Psychology, John Watson.

Lax incorporated known facts of Watson ’ s life into this ovel, and added her own iction of what Rosalie could have been like.

What I found amazing in the book is the Behaviorist theories and non-attachment parenting.

The experiments with that baby are amazing in their questionable, ethical and thought provoking methods.

Watson and Rosalie coauthored a parenting book that was ublished in 1929 which explains much of our grandparent ’ s behaviors towards child rearing.

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Immediately, there was Rosalie, the real topi of book, who was smart and wild and ready to ake on everything but got lost in him and his life/wants/temperament/needs and turned herself into a tortured creature whose life was given up with no overt protest.

I do n't hink I 'm spoiling anything as his life is well ocumented and hers was known to be painful.

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Read more at www.litwitwineanddine.comBehave by Andromeda Romano-Lax is the tale of Rosalie Rayner Watson and her marriage to psychologist John B.

his appens to be another of hose paperback that 's ough for me to review as there is great disparity in what I appreciate about the poe 's abilities as a novelist and story teller and my overall impression of he novel.

I sa he author chose a fabulous job in articulating Rosalie 's story despite the fact that are n't a lot of historical documents, etc.

Ironically, I found both Rosalie and John to be unlikeable; their story mundane.

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Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax is a fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, the son of the ounder of behaviorist psychology, John B.

Rosalie helped her husband John with his research on child behavior and publish the 1928 parenting guide that was revered as the child-rearing bible.

Overall, a quirk look into this historical couple, while it 's work of fiction it 's based on facts found about their lives.

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Watson is a married woma and their affair costs him not only his marriage but his professorship-and Rosalie 's as well.

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