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Infant/Child Development and the Importance of Children's Feelings
Paul C Holinger M.D.
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.
Language is one of the most important revolutionary advances of human beings. We will explore language with its individual development and relationship to emotions and cognition.
Choosing to go to a community college after high school instead of a four-year university was not an easy choice for me to make and caused me a lot of anxiety.
If we want to understand bias and prejudice, it might help to understand infant development—feelings and how they work—and evolution.
Much has been studied and written about play, and we would like to consider play from a somewhat different perspective, namely, that of affect theory.
"Minimize affect inhibition... Maximize positive affects… Minimize negative affects.” — Silvan Tomkins
If curiosity, or interest, is the most under-appreciated feeling, anger may be the most misunderstood.
It is silly to think that turning 21 makes one a responsible drinker. Knowledge, above all else, is the dividing factor, and education can start at any age.
Interest is crucial to our learning, exploratory activities, and creativity. But what happens when this feeling of interest or curiosity is squashed…
Ever wondered about the significance of a child's stuffed animal or blanket? And the qualities that make up this relationship? Ever had one yourself?
How can one sustain and enhance the child’s interest? The first order of business is for us to appreciate the importance of the interest affect and the exploratory behaviors...
To paraphrase Abe Lincoln, if hitting a child is not wrong, then nothing is wrong. If we truly want to decrease violence in our society, not hitting our children is a good place.
In the last decade or so, the media has itself become obsessed with the condemnation of technology and social media.
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Might one consider eliciting the child's interests, rather than imposing interests upon the child?
All innate affects (“primary affects”—feelings) are important. These affects—reactions to stimuli—ultimately form our more complex emotional life.
…we examined our earliest feelings and how they work. This month we take a brief look at some of the conceptual issues and questions surrounding our early emotional life.
We have been exploring how our earliest, innate feelings work – Distress, Anger, Fear, Shame, and Dissmell. This month we look at Enjoyment, Shame, Disgust, and Dissmell.
What science is really intrigued with is how feelings work. For ages, Tomkins and others grappled with the following question: How are there only a few discrete responses?
Our earliest nine inborn feelings—“primary affects”—are key to understanding human development and emotional life. What are they? How do they work?
We are born with specific innate feelings, which combine with each other and life experiences to form our complex emotional world.
Why do we tend to overlook the importance of feelings in understanding the behavior of human beings?
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.