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Infant/Child Development and the Importance of Children's Feelings
Paul C Holinger M.D.
Our earliest feelings, such as fear and shame, can provide the fuel for bias, prejudice, and violence, in individuals and groups.
The perception of differences allows humans to anticipate, predict, sort out cause and effect, and pursue alternatives.
Temperament and capacity to assess differences in stimuli as well as what one is taught and experiences contribute to prejudice.
The issues of “cultism and zealotry” have rarely examined the impact of early development on their germination and expression.
Physical punishment is a signal that we need to take early development seriously, We need to understand how feelings work and to be aware of the variables that contribute to violence.
Violence will not end until we take seriously what researchers and clinicians tell us about the problems associated with physical punishment.
How do we regulate the rights of parents to raise their own children as they wish, and the rights of the child and society?
Affect, cognition, and language are intimately connected with the concept of empathy , which is crucial for human relationships and clinical work.
How do we get students motivated to identify, confront, and divulge some of their most volatile and sensitive emotions and memories—in verse?
Language can complicate the expression of anger between individuals, making it misunderstood or too harsh.
Physical punishment is a serious public health problem in the U.S., but alternatives exist that are more effective in enhancing the development of children.
COVID-19 has changed death for the dying, and grief for the survivors, and made trauma the price paid by many health care workers.
Behavioral change occurs much more readily when one uses positive affects rather than negative affects.
As an infant grows and begins to crawl, walk, and talk, two of the most common causes of distress are boredom and separation.
If it is hard for you to hear your child express distress, here are some insights that might make it easier for you to feel comfortable.
Recent findings demonstrating infants’ early cognitive capacities highlight the importance of enhancing the affect of interest in the service of cognition.
Exploring cognition and its relationships with affect and language as it involves human relatedness and the early onset of cognitive functions.
Affect theory enhances understanding of the needs of human beings to be recognized and remembered.
You most likely have apologized to friends, family, and co-workers and quickly realized the impact, but have you thought about the lasting impact of apologizing to your child?
Spending a little quality time on the floor with your child can not only increase your child's self-esteem but help to form a warm bond.
Considering play and creativity within the content of affect theory may enhance understanding of their origins and mechanisms of action.
Where does the U.S. stand on physical punishment? Are we making any headway?
How do human beings develop? Why do we behave and act as we do—what motivates us? Nature and nurture?
Is religion one way for us to us to organize and and make sense of events and situations in our lives?
Religion as seen from the perspective of human development and its three pillars—emotions, cognition, and language.
We all experience a hesitation to looking to or planning for the future at one point in our lives. Could the cause lie in our feelings about death or separation?
The complex isssue of how we try to understand what is external and what is internal…how much of our perceptions of the so-called external world is based on our internal dynamics.
An exploration of religion and internal dynamics with a specific focus on trauma and disorganization.
How it relates to the information-processing function of the brain.
An exploration of religion from the perspective of human development—specifically looking at internal motives.
Paul C. Holinger, M.D., M.P.H., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is a professor of psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center and author of What Babies Say Before They Can Talk.