4.8.16 Issue

by Ozzie Nogg

Monday, May 9, the community is invited to a presentation by Dr. Amir Levine. His topic, Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love, is the title of the book Dr. Levine co-authored with Rachel Heller, M.A. The program runs from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the JCC Auditorium and is open to the public at no charge. The event is brought by Jewish Family Service with sponsorship provided by Special Donor-Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, the Sokolof Foundation, the Pennie Z. Davis Family Life Education Fund and the Paul and Joy Grossman Family Endowment.

“Dr. Levine offers the audience a relationship toolkit,” said Karen Gustafson, Jewish Family Service Executive Director. “His advice is based on science that identifies attachment styles and helps people either find the right partner or strengthen a current relationship. His message is easily accessible to everyone — whether you’re a teenager just starting to date or a couple who have been together for ages. All of us want to find and sustain love.”

Dr. Levine is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He graduated from the residency program at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University and for the past few years has been conducting neuroscience research at Columbia under the mentorship of Nobel Prize Laureate Eric Kandel. While working in a therapeutic nursery with mothers with post traumatic stress disorder and their toddlers, Dr. Levine witnessed the power of attachment to heal, and recognized the importance of attachment principles in the daily lives of adults as well as children.

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there about dating and relationships — and myths that simply aren’t true,” Dr. Levine said in an interview. “However, an incredible body of knowledge does exist about relationships, and it’s called Attachment science.” According to Dr. Levine, the science of adult attachment predicts, with a great deal of accuracy, how people will behave in romantic relationships and whether they will be well matched, on the basis of their attachment style: anxious, avoidant or secure. “If you follow the attachment principles,” Dr. Levine writes, “you will be actively giving yourself the best shot at finding and keeping a deeply gratifying love, instead of leaving one of the most important aspects of your life to chance.”

Jewish Family Service often brings speakers with important mental health messages to Omaha. “These professionals present information that enhances people’s lives or equips them with up-to-date information for their loved ones,” Gustafson said. “Several years ago we brought Daniel Smith to the community to speak about anxiety, the topic of his book, Monkey Mind. Over 135 attended that program and gained valuable insight. Dr. Levine’s topic shouldn’t scare you. Attachment is really a subject for everyone to learn more about — how we choose relationships in our lives, whether through friendships, spouses, co-workers. Dr. Levine’s  presentation will truly be eye-opening and enjoyable.”

For additional information on Dr. Levine’s May 9 appearance, please call Jewish Family Service at 402.330.2024.