Eastern Mennonite University

Integrating Heart and Soul: Attachment and
Interdependence

Dr. Sue Johnson

We are born to bond and it is in secure bonds that we learn to engage
with our own emotions, with the world around us and with each other.
Living without a felt sense of connection is, in bonding terms, the
“dark night of the soul.” The new science of love outlines for us how
we can, in our most intimate relationships, grow into openness,
emotional balance and sensitive responsiveness—engaging each other
and the world in a truly alive and “soulful” manner. Understanding
the human heart takes us to the essence of who we are and shows us how to build a more compassionate and connected world.