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April 2021
A Note from Darcia
Darcia in Mexico City
Dear Ones,

We are excited about our new short film we just finished, See below for the press release and links to materials and discussion guide. Please share the film with your networks.

A Spanish-language version will come out soon, so stay-tuned for that film's launch, as well as the accompanying Spanish film discussion guide and materials.

In peace,

Darcia Narvaez, PhD
Evolved Nest, Founder
Photo: Darcia in Mexico.
Recommended FILM
"We’ve been told a story that we are selfish, aggressive, rugged individuals. But if that were true, we should have no problem with physical distancing and self isolation. The pandemic showed us that this story is not who we are." – Darcia Narvaez, PhD, from Breaking the Cycle
The Evolved Nest's New Short FILM
Breaking the Cycle, an Evolved Nest Short Film
About the Short Film

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April 26, 2021 – Kindred World is proud to launch The Evolved Nest’s educational short film, Breaking the Cycle. The moving and inspirational six-minute film illustrates our capacity for breaking our current Cycle of Competitive Detachment and returning to the pattern of 95% of our human history: a healthy, peaceful Cycle of Cooperative Companionship. Breaking the Cycle is based on the multi-award-winning book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, by Darcia Narvaez, PhD. 

Breaking the Cycle contrasts the two basic ways societies can function: the optimal approach, which most human societies through time have followed, is the Cycle of Cooperative Companionship where children’s basic needs are met; they grow into well-functioning, cooperative community members (from neurobiology and on up); and as healthy adults, they maintain the cooperative system. Currently in the USA the opposite pattern is in place: children’s basic needs are not met, illbeing and dysregulation ensue, creating adults who are detached and distracted and keep this Cycle of Competitive Detachment going. The United Nations ranks the USA as 41st out of 41 developed countries for child and adult wellness.

“Humans are so immature at birth that to develop in a healthy manner, reaching their full potential, they need to experience humanity’s evolved nest,” states Narvaez. “This helps structure well-functioning brain and body systems like the stress response, immune system and many other systems, preparing the individual for cooperative behavior and compassionate morality, including with the rest of the natural world. With a degraded evolved nest, the individual will have one or more areas of dysregulation, undermining sociality and morality. The evolved nest is an intergenerational, communal responsibility that industrialized societies have largely forgotten, especially the USA.”

“Many people believe the tale that humans have made great progress and that there is no other option than this dehumanizing, anti-life, planet-destroying culture. In the short film, Breaking the Cycle, and at the, we show other options. We help people understand that life does not have to be the way industrialized societies have set it up.”

Breaking the Cycle is based on Narvaez’s book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, which was chosen for the 2017 Expanded Reason Award from among more than 360 total entries from 170 universities and 30 countries. Narvaez received the prize, including a substantial monetary award, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City on September 27, 2017. The book also received the William James Award from the American Psychological Association in 2015, and the American Educational Research Association's Moral Development and Special Interest Group Award in 2016. Breaking the Cycle was made possible through the Expanded Reason Award’s award monies.

A Professor of Psychology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame, Narvaez emerged in the top two percent of scientists worldwide in a 2020 analysis. Of the eight million scientists in the world, the analysis concerned those who had at least five articles published in scientific journals between 1996 and 2017. Individuals were ranked according to various criteria, including number of citations of their work.

Narvaez hosted interdisciplinary conferences at the University of Notre Dame regarding early experience and human development in 20102012, and 2014. In 2016 she organized a conference on Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous KnowHow for Global Flourishing. (Click on the links to see the full conferences in video on the Evolved Nest's YouTube Channel.) She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, see The Science page for listings. 

Narvaez is the president of the venerable American nonprofit, Kindred World, a contributing editor to Kindred, the first global eco-parenting magazine, an advisory board member of Attachment Parenting International and Self-Reg. She is former executive editor of the Journal of Moral Education. She has been quoted and her work cited in The AtlanticTimeWall Street JournalNew York TimesIndianapolis Star, as well as in international media.

Viewers of the Breaking the Cycle short film are welcome to host public screenings of the film with the Breaking the Cycle Film Discussion and Resource Guide on the website,

Extensive resources, including Next Steps, are also available on the website. Narvaez is available for interviews and presentations about the film and her work. You may contact her at

Kindred World is an award-winning American nonprofit providing public education on creating sustainable humans through multiple initiatives since 1996.

Breaking the Cycle – What Next?
How To Break the Cycle, and Create Our Evolved Nest
After you watched the film, you may be wondering what to do next. Here are some ideas to add to your own:

1. Screenings and Discussions. You are encouraged to use our Breaking the Cycle Film Discussion and Resource Guide when hosting screenings and showings of the short film.

2. Join the Mighty Network Group.  You are welcome to join the film discussion on Mighty Networks here. We will be discussing the film with the creators in a private group, with no ads, spam, or trolls allowed. This is a safe space and your commitment to help us keep it safe is required for participation.

3. Learn about the Evolved Nest. You are invited to dive deep into the many diverse learning opportunities at the, including podcasts, videos, resources, and free book excerpts and articles. The website is also divided into the Evolved Nest's nine components, which allow you to learn about each component, one at a time.

4. Share the Evolved Nest. Follow the Evolved Nest's social media platforms, below, to keep up with the science, resources, and Darcia's ongoing blog series. 

5. Subscribe to our Newsletters. Subscribe to the Evolved Nest's newsletter to follow Darcia Narvaez's research, and subscribe to Kindred Media's newsletter to discover the New Story of the Human Family from the Evolved Nest and multiple contributing editors, thought leaders, trance-breakers, and new cycle-makers.

6. Take Action. In our Evolved Nest components, you can find the organizational and institutional groups who are working for systemic change in the United States. You can find ways to support paid leave, maternal and infant wellness, nature connection, and more, on these pages. You can also take action wherever you are, in whatever you do, to make systemic change towards meeting people’s basic needs.

a. Do you have particular skills that can help meet a child’s basic need?
b. Join a group working for family wellbeing.
c. Help your neighborhood feel more bonded.
d. How can you use your skills to enhance someone’ sense of worth and connection?
e. What political action can you take to move society towards favoring children and families instead of bank accounts and privileges of the wealthy?

7. Support the Evolved Nest’s nonprofit work. This film and many educational resources are made possible through tax-deductible donations from supporters like you. We look forward to expanding our reach with your help. Feel free to make a one time or ongoing donation here.And thank you for your generosi

Film Discussion and Resource Guide
What You Will Find In The Guide...
In the Discussion and Resource Guide you will find:


You are welcome to join the online discussion about the film at our Mighty Networks group here.

A Spanish version of Breaking the Cycle, and this guide, is forthcoming.

Growing children and adults: What does species typicality look like?
By Darcia Narvaez, PhD

There are two key remedies for our situation. First, everyone needs some understanding of babies and how they need the evolved nest. It is important to understand how immature babies are and how they need comforting care to grow well. People need to understand that ‘spoiling a baby’ is a myth and that the opposite is in fact true – under-caring for a baby leads to dependency, not independence. They need to know that babies cannot possibly manipulate anyone until perhaps age 3 or 4, and that even then this will only be when their needs are not being met. Babies are just communicating pain from not having one or more needs met – first with wiggling or grimaces, then gestures and finally crying. It’s always best to move in to provide comfort with the early signals. Parents today need to develop their practical understanding of baby care. They can do this by hanging around baby whisperers, those who know how to nurture babies, such as parents, grandparents, and others. They can also watch films of what responsive nurturing looks like, and they will certainly benefit from mentored practice caring for babies before having a baby. For example, one key need that many parents seem unaware of is the baby’s need to be carried, and not just pushed in a stroller or driven in a car seat, although those are better than being still. Babies need the rocking back and forth of a moving caregiver, facilitating digestion, breathing, and growth (6).

Second, let’s attend to the stories we tell and hear. The modern, Western story is one of separation and superiority to the rest of the natural world, emphasizing its dangers rather than relational respect, condoning domination and extermination. Modern stories seed distrust not only towards nature but towards other people, putting one in a threat-detection orientation which undermines prosocial cooperation. In contrast, stories in hunter-gatherer societies are about connection with one another and partnership with the natural world, including humanity’s dependence on its wellbeing. (30,31) These stories emphasize relational awareness and responsible behavior for the good of all. (5, 6, 17, 32)
Primal Parenting and Indigenous Wisdom
Watch Darcia talk about Primal Parenting and Indigenous Wisdom on the Ripple Effect Podcast Show here.

And listen to the audio version here.
New Book Store RESOURCES
Visit Our New BookShop Book Store
Our Bookshop Bookstore supports local bookstores and independent book sellers. The collection there is grouped into the nine components of the Evolved Nest.

This book store allows us to make 10% off of the sale of books there.

Thank you for your support of the new bookstore, and feel free to send us your suggestions at

Are We "Civilized To Death?"
To change today’s culture requires understanding the reality of our past. 

To take up wellness-informed practices (in education, science, medicine, parenting, etc.), we need to have a clear picture of humanity’s existence on the planet not only today but in our deep past. Christopher Ryan’s book, Civilized to Death, provides interdisciplinary science-based insights into our sustainable (and happy) prehistory. “Indeed, nearly every aspect of our lives (and our deaths) is distorted by a misinformed sense of what kind of animal Homo sapiens really is.” (Ryan, 2019, p. 10)
Here are some of the tantalizing highlights of the book.

Moral Landscapes Blog from Psychology Today
I write typically about research findings related to moral functioning and living a good life. Sometimes I muse on things that I puzzle about (politics). I am very concerned about how much our society doesn't seem to know about how to raise good, healthy and happy children, so I spend a great deal of time on parenting. I also write about things that I am working on myself--the endless quest for virtue! This is an opinion blog, not a set of research articles, intended for the public not scientists. For more nuanced and highly referenced work, look at my academic work.

"Wellness-informed" orients to optimizing human life.

A new study shows us the characteristics of peaceful societies.

Derek Chauvin's treatment of George Floyd is on trial. What do moral theories say about the actions of the witnesses and the officers?

What are our basic needs? There are many more than Maslow identified, and most should be met simultaneously, especially in early life.

Self-Nesting TOOLS
Join the Eco Attachment Dance!
You, your children, your family are invited to discover ways to connect with nature, renew your ecological attachment, and restore your living connection to the Earth. 

Dr. Darcia Narvaez and her students did an experiment to increase ecological attachment—nature connection—through small daily practices. Each day participants practiced one activity that increased attention to and being grateful for the natural world. See here for the press release about the study, published in EcoPsychology

The full 28 day campaign can be found on the Evolved Nest's website under Self-Nesting Tools here and at the Eco Attachment Dance website here.
The Evolved Nest's Child Care Checklist
The Evolved Nest's Child Care Checklist
We are excited to unveil Evolved Nest’s Child Care Center Checklist. The Checklist has been created to help parents and guardians determine how well a child care center matches up with the components of the Evolved Nest. The checklist is intended to be supplemental to the other protocols a center has (e.g., infection prevention, abuse prevention, diaper change frequency).

NOTE: This updated version contains music and arts sections!

Please share widely.

Join the Evolved Nest COMMUNITY
Join Our Mighty Networks' Evolved Nest Community
We are in the process of creating a safe, kind, and stimulating space to engage and connect with our Evolved Nest community through Mighty Networks!

This platform is ad-free, algorithm-free, and owned by us. You can download the app to the network and post and stay up-to-date with group discussions, research, and upcoming events.

Many organizations are charging a membership fee for these Mighty Networks' platforms, but we are opening up our group to you for free.

Find The Evolved Nest on Kindred
The Evolved Nest is an educational initiative of the award-winning and venerable nonprofit, Kindred World, and a sister initiative of Kindred Media.

Kindred has served as the platform international New Story of Childhood, Parenthood, and the Human Family since 2002.

You can now find all of the Evolved Nest's posts on Kindred on its own dedicated page. Many of these posts, podcasts, and interviews are not found elsewhere.

See the Evolved Nest's reviews and support our nonprofit work with your tax-deductible donation below.
We Won Great Nonprofit's Top-Rated Award, Again!
Thank you to everyone who has supported The Evolved Nest's work over these past two years. Read our reviews and support our ongoing nonprofit work with your tax-deductible donation at our Great Nonprofits page.

"Kindred World helps bridge the vast gap between scientific research and practice, what is happening within the culture that often cuts against scientific evidence regarding ways to promote human thriving and flourishing. Parents and families deserve to know the best ways to raise healthy, happy, socio-emotionally developed, loving children and this is exactly what Kindred provides!" - Mary Tarsha
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