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The big idea: why the maternal instinct is a myth

8 mins | Oct 22, 2022
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Is it something women are born with, or does it develop over time? It's commonly believed that women are born with a ready-made maternal instinct, resulting in many new mothers feeling like there's something wrong when their experiences don't meet their expectations. However, Chelsea Conaboy argues that reality is far more varied.

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