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The First Perceptions

Written by Michael Mendizza   
Wednesday, 01 September 2004 00:00

A baby's developing body and brain mirror and reflect, lifelong, the emotional-sensory environment provided by its first primary relationship, that is with its mother. The Origins of Love & Violence take root in this first, primary sensory environment. What we call “affectional bonding” or nurturing, or its absence— very early in life—structures the developing brain to interpret the world and its relationships as peaceful, pleasurable and loving or hostile, painful and violent depending on trust or anxiety experienced in this first relationship.

www.touchthefuture.org/services/bonding/main.htm


Pathways Issue 3 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #03.

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