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Infant/Child Development and the Importance of Children's Feelings
Paul C Holinger M.D.
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.
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.
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.