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Protect Your Brain from Images of Violence and Cruelty

Our brains are soft-wired with mirror neurons, which allow us to empathize and emulate others. Unfortunately, mirror neurons are what enable children to emulate the violence they witness in life and media. And mirror neurons are what compel people who are enraged with the world to emulate how others express their rage, making violent imagery so potentially poisonous. Read More

Excellent - when will society pay heed?

Thank you so much for this excellent article.

We, as a society, have lost our bearing in regards to violence in the media. News programs, TV shows, and movies are filled with violent images and graphic details.

I am a pediatrician and parent and I have been alarmed by the subsequent increases in aggression and violence played out in our youth.

Here is a new article from Pediatrics (The journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) which shows that not only has the violence in media increased dramatically, but the violence in PG-13 movies has become even more graphic and extensive than the violence in R-rated movies.

One cannot undo violent images and scenarios imprinted on their brains. Our children are being victimized by society's lackadaisical attitudes which harm developing minds.

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Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and author of 6 books, including one about perinatal hospice titled A Gift of Time.


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