Our interpersonal experiences from childhood can leave long-lasting impacts. In her article for PsychCenteral, Dr. Fabiana Franco writes about how stress can affect the developing nervous system and the impact of relationships on affect regulation.
Early emotions shape our future affect regulation
Dr. Franco points out that, in toddlers and young children, ” emotional states are also biological states.” The feelings experienced in these early stages can directly change the budding brain chemistry and perspective of the child.
When an infant or child is subjected to an ongoing stressful environment, all of their resources and energy goes into managing their emotion states. An infant or child will respond in two ways, hyperarousal (extreme emotional response such as screaming and crying) or disassociation (passive withdrawal from the environment) in a desperate attempt to manage it’s own stress response.
This means that, even in adulthood, it can be difficult to manage stresses and negative emotions.
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