Gordon Neufeld

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Gordon Neufeld

Gordon Neufeld (born 1946) is a developmental psychologist from Vancouver, British Columbia.[1] He is the author of the book Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers (co-authored with Canadian physician Gabor Maté).[2]

Early life[edit]

During the 1970s, Neufeld completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Winnipeg and graduate degrees from the University of British Columbia.[3]


Neufeld's most significant contribution to developmental psychology is a theory of attachment that includes six stages in the development of the capacity for relationship, the construct of polarization that explains both shyness and defensive detachment.[4] The Neufeld approach is based on the attachment theory formulated by John Bowlby.[5] He taught psychology at the University of British Columbia for 20 years.[6]

Neufeld is founder of the Neufeld Institute based in Vancouver, which provides education and training for parents and professionals based on Neufeld's theories.[7]


  1. ^ "'If you focus on control, you have lost the battle': how to win back your kids". The Guardian. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  2. ^ "Hold On to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld". Random House LLC. Retrieved 2013-07-02.
  3. ^ "Dr. Gordon Neufeld". The Neufeld Institute. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  4. ^ "Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Inc". Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  5. ^ "What IS Attachment and How Do You Get It?". Mothering.com. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  6. ^ "Dr. Gordon Neufeld". The Neufeld Institute. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  7. ^ "The Neufeld Institute". Official site. Archived from the original on 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2013-07-31.

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