Whatever you call it -- a lovey, a comfort object, a transitional love object or TLO, as a former preschool teacher I know says -- that special object to which a baby or toddler attaches is a big deal.
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Sometimes we feel embarrassed about our yearnings to be cared about. But they are completely normal. Love has been the primary driver of the development of the brain over the last 80 million years.
Humans are the most sociable species on earth -- for better and for worse. So how did we evolve the most loving brain on the planet?
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