Holding Patterns

Marano, Hara Estroff
September 2008
Psychology Today;Sep/Oct2008, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p51
The article focuses on maternal attachment. Simply witnessing acts of kindness can sway mothers' physiology and behavior. Mothers with secure attachments go out of their way to restore harmony during mother-child conflicts by compromising and explaining a stubborn stance. Researchers find that infants with irritable nervous systems are highly positively affected by excellent parenting but unusually adversely impacted by poor parenting. Under conditions of threat, the securely attached can maintain compassionate values and support liberal causes.


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