How Did the Theory Develop?

During their many years of research and clinical practice, the Piepers became increasingly dissatisfied with current psychological theories. This led them to investigate why people are not living the lives they want to live, why many people are unhappy in spite of their success in love and at work, and what can be done to help them. They made new and groundbreaking discoveries about the centrality of the caregiving relationship in both child development and psychological treatment. Their discoveries have enabled parents to raise happy children and therapists to provide more effective treatment.