monotropy

monotropy

The condition in which an element can exist in more than allotrope but one is always more stable under all conditions. The other forms are metastable.
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Another important work dealing with parenting can be found in John Bowlby's (1961, 1969, 1979) theory of attachment wherein he introduced the term "monotropy." Bowlby used the term to suggested that an infant needed a stable mother figure to whom the infant could attach and thereby form the basis of trust and intimacy for later adult relationships.