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Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by RikR, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. RikR

    RikR Well known member

    I was reading a synopsis of research on childhood development alterations of the nervous system that would help predict later life stress induced illness. It was confirmed some years ago that children having adverse in-utero or childhood experiences would have permanent, negative changes in their nervous systems. These changes would lower stress tolerance and make the person more likely to have over arousal health problems.

    Here is the new research confirmed through multiple, large scale studies: how a child’s nervous system develops is not only based on what happens to them but even more importantly what does not happen. A family can look stress free and fairly normal but unless certain stages of the child's development are addressed the nervous system will not develop properly.

    Here is one I found very interesting, if parents are able to provide the child with consistent positive feelings these produce chemicals that promote cellular brain growth. At some stages children are producing several billion new neuronal connections per minute. If parents are anxious, detached, absent or not capable of providing the required emotions the child's emotional and stress systems will be impaired.

    And here is one stated as critical: babies are unable to self regulate many internal processes, including blood pressure, heart rate, hormone production etc. They require the cathexis (physical & emotional bonding) to teach their bodies how to self regulate. Through mirror neurons or some other unknown process just as the child shared the mothers physiology in utero we now know that even after birth the child remains connected to both parents internal systems for self-regulation....primarily the mothers.

    There is no doubt that outright neglect or abuse causes damage but for the first time it is understood that a distracted, emotionally labile, stressed, anxious, ill, over committed, self-involved or absent parents alter the child's ability to self regulate in permanent ways.

    While this lessens as the child ages any absence of the parent, especially the mother in the first 6 years creates developmental problems. This absence can be physical or emotional. With many parents working full time the child is disconnected from critical developmental steps necessary for a healthy nervous and emotional system. It was also found that care-giving by relatives did not provide the connections then child needs – it only occurred with a fully involved, emotionally stable and available parent.

    While fathers can be adequate physical primary care parents it is the mother that shares certain DNA strands with the child that was found to be most critical in nervous system development.

    Simply children need a stable, fully involved mother, in the home or with them until around the age of six. At this age the father starts providing more of the neuronal development through independent exploration, problem solving, physical activity, self esteem through life potency and skills development.

    Children who lack these developmental necessities are more prone to illness, less stress hardy, lack certain life skills and can suffer psychological difficulties.
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  2. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    This is hugely important, Rik. It's also timely, as I'm re-exploring, more deeply this time around, the question of how I could have had loving and caring parents who nonetheless managed to produce an anxiety-ridden TMSer.

    Good lord, we are SO fragile! Animals in the natural world still manage to do this properly, for the most part. And those that don't, simply don't survive. For better or worse, we do survive, only to perpetuate the cycle.

    Uh oh - there's my cynicism again - sorry, y'all - time to go back to the Self-Acceptance Project...

  3. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    By the way, what do we do, in today's world, with the information that having a fully-involved mother is being shown to be essential up to age 6? That's a tough one. Although I'll admit that I have always believed this to be true - but have rarely had the nerve to share that opinion.
  4. BruceMC

    BruceMC Beloved Grand Eagle

    I think Prof Sapolsky and Dr Mate both note that one of the features unique to our species is that human brain development is incomplete at birth and that a huge portion of brain maturation takes place out of the womb during the infant and early childhood phases up to the 6th birthday and the development of explicit rather than implicit memory patterns. A fawn can get up and run a few days after birth, but a human infant: No way! I've seen a new-born fawn up close over the fence in my backyard and instantly noticed it had no fear of me. But when I looked in its eyes, I also noticed that it wasn't really awake. It was in a dreaming state, which must indicate that brain development was still going on and the connections in the central nervous system that allowed it to run had just not developed yet. As a survival strategy against predators, the fawn just stays super still for 48 hours after birth and relies on its camo spots to protect it when the doe is out feeding. It's over a year before a human baby takes its first steps, right? That long brain maturation development cycle must be one of the reasons for the development of human civilization and culture. We have to learn to be human, and part of that learning process depends on a close bond with our mothers while the brain is growing and maturing toward being an adult. The stresses on the mother-child bond in our times certainly don't provide enough space for that. Maybe that's why so many people today seem to have abandonment/rejection issues deeply embedded in their psychology? Maybe that ubiquitous angst is the driving force behind so many cases of chronic pain in the more "advanced" Western societies? Wouldn't doubt it one bit.
  5. Maribel

    Maribel New Member

    Thanks it explains so much of why I am the say I am!!

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