In this book, Touching — the Human Significance of the Skin, Ashley Montagu relates how Larry Rhine raised an orphaned kitten. Everyone knows that kittens. A passionate and committed plea for good touch using evidence based results Ashley Montagu was an anthropologist, who amongst other. TOUCHING THE HUMAN SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SKIN SECOND EDITION. by ASHLEY MONTAGU Copyrightowner ASHLEY MONTAGU.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Touching by Ashley Touchign. With more thancopies sold, this landmark book is montgau impressive examination of the importance of touching.

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To ask other readers questions about Touchingplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 31, Ron Wroblewski rated it it was amazing. One of the best books I have ever read – the need for people to touch each other. And what happens when they don’t. I met Ashley Montagu when he was in his 90s. Someone asked him if he had any regrets about his life.

He said yes, mkntagu books I didn’t buy”. He had a library of books. Mar 12, Jontagu Lima rated it really liked it.

A very detailed insight into what is very often sadly not perceived as essential: Every time I open the book on a random page I read a passage that makes me think about human interactions and it stays with me for a long time.

Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin by Ashley Montagu

Accessible language that makes the reading flow, I didn’t finish it yet only because I want to really take the time to appreciate the book. Jul 31, Honorah rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Excellent book that covers the skin as sensory organ.

Highly recommended for parents and anyone working with children, particularly those with any type of sensory disorder. I montzgu wish there was a newer edition of this that integrated more research on autism, as this has some tantalizing information that he didn’t have enough details on to go into in depth because there was so little research available at the time. I suspect lot of people put it down at this point because it is really distressing reading.

This information is referred back to in some later sections, but touchig CAN skip it without being completely lost. It will affect your ability to understand some of the more complex concepts later in the book, but you can still get the majority of it if you skip this section. It’s fabulous, but that first section can be a tough read. Feb 09, Alexandra rated it really liked it.

Although dated, this book is still pertinent. Easy to read, a subject that many a layman might not usually be exposed to, made accessible and applicable. Research based, comprised of old studies, many of which still stand up today and some speculative psychology that one make take or leave.



It is easy to marginalize the contents divulged in this book due to its antiquated status and an assumption that its contents are somehow common or collective knowledge. For many this book may open doors to sense and connection and this is tuching prime reason I quite like it. Jul 29, Heidi rated it really liked it. A bit dated, hence only 4 starts, but the basic premise still holds. Found it on a street corner in Sep 21, Vin W. Jun 07, Sylvester rated it really liked it Shelves: The mind of the skin!

That sentence alone intrigues me. And what about that phrase “body English”? And then there’s this teasing statement, “Since the various senses are really skin receptors of montag sorts, the eyes and ears and nose and certainly the tongue, at first fouching rather than see, hear, smell, touchibg taste.

Montagu goes on to talk about “the tactile quality of vision”, which is something I never thought about in montgau life! Vastly under The mind of the skin! Vastly under-rated and overlooked, yet vital to our survival, not just as a covering for our other organs, but in the sense that our need for touch is so compelling a hunger that both animals and montau die for lack of it.

This book is out-dated houching many ways, and some of Montagu’s statements seem naive in light of recent scientific developments – however, this subject is incredibly fascinating, and gave me a new appreciation for my own skin, and furthered my understanding of the power of touch. Anyone interested in the influence touch has on a life will get something out of this book. May 27, Suzanne Kunz Williams rated it it was amazing Shelves: I fell in love with the book. The research, the ideas this book presents.

The concepts it taught forever ingrained themselves in my heart. I breastfeed because of this book. Everyone in my family gets a massage at least once a week because of this book.

I know there are so many toufhing ways I could be using touch to connect and show love – I’m sure that rereading this book would rem I remember reading this for some psychology or communication class at BYU-Idaho which was then called Ricks College.

I know there are so many other ways I could be using touch to connect and show love – I’m sure that rereading this book would remind me of them.

If you have someone in your family who’s love language is touch, or even if you don’t because all of us connect through touch on some level, this is a perfect book to read on the subject. A perfect book to read during February where we are once again trying to books how much our families and friends know that we love them.

Aug 01, Allison rated it liked it. We neglect our sense of touch in American society today. This book explains why it’s important and touch as a form of healing. They back up their assertions with scientific examples. I recommend this book only for the reason that it raised my awareness of this fact.

Ashley Montagu – Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin

What I don’t necessarily agree with are the chapters which draw correlations between certain crimes and lack of touch in early childhood experiences and the Freudian concepts. I think it was written in the 70s when Freud was trendy, We neglect our sense of touch in American society today.


I think it was written in the 70s when Freud was trendy, and some of these ideas don’t hold credence anymore, and sound more like speculation than science.

Although, I do agree with the general idea that if everyone was loved unconditionally as a child, there would be less violence in the world. Oct 14, Jessica rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Part of me feels this should be sent home with every new parent, but the rest of me realizes that not many of them would actually read it.

I wouldn’t label it as an ‘easy read’ by any stretch of the imagination–part of the reason why it’s still ‘currently reading’ is because it requires my concentration. Every word is loaded. But it is SO fascinating! May 23, Katy rated it really liked it.

I first read this book as part of my Montessori training.

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It’s ashlej interesting read; really just a collection and review of previous studies with a lot of the author’s opinion and interpretation thrown in. The author presents the skin as human’s most important organ, and touching as the most important way that humans interact with each other. It’s good for browsing, too.

The chapters are all pretty independant, azhley I can sit down and take 5 minutes to read something interesting. Jul 20, Sharen rated it it was amazing. I’ve been wanting to read this book for the longest time and I’m so glad that a friend reminded me of it.

A must read for expectant parents or anyone interested in the importance of human touch and how it helps to form the adults we become. Apr 11, Karthi Mohan rated it liked it. I get the feeling this book has touched quite a few practitioners and parents around the time it was published. Neuroscience has advanced a whole lot since the 70s and so the content here is pretty outdated.

There are many nice quotes and anecdotes though. Mar 05, Jonna rated it it was amazing. I remember seeing Ashley Montagu talk about this book way back when Phil Donahue had a talk show. I had just had my baby girl, so touching was a big thing for me.

I am a very touchy-feelie kind of person and I ashlley glad to be reinforced in this book that this is a good thing. Apr 26, Kelayt rated it it was amazing. May 27, Hoc Nguyen rated it it was amazing.

Mar 27, Chris Nickerson rated it it was amazing. May 22, Caths Babyclasses rated it did not like it. Really interested to read.