The human being - a

The human being - a parent-clinger

The human being - a “parent-clinger”

In former times human beings were incorrectly identified as nidicolous birds and therefore treated like one. But in the year 1970 the behavioural biologist Bernhard Hassenstein established the term “parent-clinger” due to the contradictory behavior of human beings with their offsprings.

For Hassenstein a “parent-clinger” is a mammal which is defenseless after birth but which has perfect hand and foot reflexes to cling to its mother. This behavior is typical for primates, e.g. chimps. Baby chimps may cling to the fur of their mother but are not able to care for themselves in other situations of life. So, they don`t get lost if the mother swings from tree to tree.

The “passive parent-clinger”

Human beings don’t have fur any more to let their offsprings cling to. So, human newborns aren` t able to cling to its mother independently but need to be assisted by her or its father. Newborns have to be carried and therefore are called “passive parent-clinger”.