Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Infant/Child Development and the Importance of Children's Feelings
Paul C Holinger M.D.
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.
There is no doubt that smartphones are important in personal, professional, and academic life, but are we seeing a shift?
To understand bias and prejudice, it might help to understand infant development—feelings and how they work—and evolution.
Do we listen to children, adolescents, and adults and try to enhance their passions and authentic interests and talents?
Physical punishment is a serious public health problem throughout the world, and it profoundly affects the mental health of children and the societies in which we live.
One might argue that children cannot do much with words before age 1-1/2 to 3, when they begin speaking. Yet they understand words long before then.
All three of these possess major assets. But interestingly, they each have their own major liabilities.
A helpful way of exploring human development is to conceptualize emotions, cognition, and language as information-processing systems, knowledge to better help us survive and adapt.
Emotions, cognition, and language can all be conceptualized as information-processing systems, as they are intimately connected and overlapping.
We examine how smart infants and young children are, and how important it is to maintain that trajectory by supporting the effect of interest or curiosity.
Infants express their feelings through facial expressions, bodily movements, and vocalizations. Babies can express built-in feelings almost from day one...
We have been exploring the enigma of language—its power in helping us understand one another, and the mischief caused by misinterpretations.
My first year of college was substantially different than I had anticipated, in ways both good and bad.
Language represents a huge developmental leap for a child. Once childre begins to talk, the task turns to teaching them to use words to appropriately express their feelings.
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.