Monthly Archives: April 2018

Memories for children in the womb are encoded in their cells

The foetus is unprotected from external negative stimuli, such as any traumatic event or experience to which the mother is exposed. When we realise that constant rowing between parents is as traumatic for a child as a serious road accident or a natural disaster for an adult, how much more

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A child’s empathy can be destroyed if the child is not nurtured

Anne Thurston, Associate Professor in John Hopkins University and Director of the Grassroots China Initiative, visited a Chinese orphanage in the 1990s and found the children there lying silent, withdrawn and immobile. She gives a chilling description of the orphanage and of the ‘dying’ room attached to it. The child

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The awful fate of children in orphanages

As you can see, attachment and separation are very complex issues because the nature and the quality of the attachment (and hence separation) depends upon how parents respond on a regular basis to meet the child’s needs, and how they frequently attune themselves to the child’s emotional state in its

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Some of the symptoms shown by a young child separated from a parent

Psychiatrists have specific benchmarks in diagnosing the child’s anxiety when they are separated from their parents (called attachment figures in psychological terminology). When three or more of the following criteria (at the time of writing) are present (plus some other conditions) they label it as a ‘disorder’ – 1. Recurrent

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