Critical Thinking

Analysis outliers such as how much resilience a

Analysis

            Overall the theme of all three articles dealt with the
mother and infant or parent and child attachment and how that specific attachment
affected the children later on in life. This idea includes how the child
responds to stressors or hardships that may occur and whether or not the child learns
proper coping strategies. More often than not, the children respond in an
avoidant manner that does not address the root cause of the problem. When that
happens at a young age, it has been shown in studies that those children grow
up to have complications in relationships with others as well as maladaptive coping
styles. Also stated in two of the articles were the effects of how parents
respond to possible traumatic events and how the stress that the parent may
feel is projected onto the child which causes more harm to the child by
influencing their negative and anxious emotions when presented with a traumatic
experience.

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            I believe that the studies show the proof of how
detrimental it is to be involved and an active loving parent on day one of the
child’s life. There are some outliers such as how much resilience a child has
or the possibility that the memory could be a false memory. However, those
outliers are often slim so I chose to fully support the findings in the
articles. Being engaged and a positive source for one’s child is an important
aspect of being a parent. When traumatic experiences are not addressed or are
overlooked because it is believed that the child is too young and will not be
affected, that is when real damage is done to the child’s psychological
development. I believe that many times parents will try to hide traumatic
experiences or hope they simply disappear from the child’s mind because they
fear talking about the issue will somehow make it worse for the child. Clearly
as we have seen in these readings and other examples in everyday life, avoiding
the topic itself is just as traumatizing as whatever the child initially experienced.

Application

            When looking into my future plans of helping others in
the behavioral healthcare field, these articles do wonders to provide hard
evidence to those who either do not believe or simply are skeptical of the
effects of attachment at an early age. While in the articles there were some
instances of the correlation not being specifically there for each case they
were studying, there was enough evidence to show the effects of what can happen
if you do not develop an appropriate attachment and project stressors onto the
child. As stated in the class, most people believe that children have a point
in which they are too young to remember so that excludes the ability to be
traumatized as early as infancy. I wish to help parents and soon-to-be parents
develop a healthy an appropriate attachment between the caregiver and the
child. Providing material on what to do when something traumatic, or could be conceived
as traumatic, happens within the family or to the child so that the child is
able to cope properly. I hope to educate parents and be able to help with
before and after the child has entered the world with individual and family
therapy using multiple therapeutic styles such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing if needed since they are all evidence based.

Question

            While I understand through certain therapies, some ideas
can be unlearned or your brain can be retrained to behave and react in certain
ways, however is there a point where these avoidant or distant emotional and
physical behaviors get past the point of reconditioning? Would some of these
perceptions be unable for the individual to overcome if they are addressed too
late in life? Would these actions and ways of thinking simply become a part of
who that individual is? An experiment or case study wasn’t performed or
discussed in the reading and my mind began to wonder to the question of, “Is
there a point where it is too late?” Obviously it is different for every case,
and depending on the type of therapy that is performed, but I would like to
know if there is a certain age in which going back to refer to the attachment styles
of early childhood would not help the individual because they are too old to be
able to come to terms with issues since living so long with those issues and
coping strategies.

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