The Developing Brain

Discipline as Brain Food

Posted by on Oct 8, 2011 in The Developing Brain | 0 comments

In the lasts two posts I proposed: Discipline is best thought of as a long term project that results in self-motivated, self-directed kids capable of respectful and responsible behaviors. The development of discipline occurs optimally when we meet our kids needs – physical, relational, and maturational needs. We meet their needs most effectively when we arrange as a loving hierarchy.   Why would this be the case?   Dr. Nils Bergman’s model of Attachment and brain development   The brain grows optimally when the parasympathetic nervous system is turned on. The...

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Practice and the Middle Prefrontal Cortex

Posted by on Jun 20, 2010 in Practical Parenting, The Developing Brain | 4 comments

“The human brain is a construction project in which genetics supplies the building blocks but social interaction largely determines how they are put together.” Dr. Daniel J. Siegel Image created by Nils Bergman In May I gave an overview of the four patterns of relationship seen in the Strange Situation: secure, avoidant, ambivalent, and disorganized. I described what researchers saw in the interactions between mother and baby at home and how these babies responded to separations from their mother in the Strange Situation. I also pointed out that infants can have different patterns...

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States of Mind

Posted by on May 29, 2010 in The Developing Brain | 2 comments

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. Anais Nin Last week I wrote about the forms of attachment. One point I tried to stress was that these categories of relationship are rooted in mental processes going on inside the child and caretaker and are not necessarily permanent traits of either person involved. If this were not true, people with difficult attachment histories would not be able to heal themselves and engage in “secure-style”...

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Openness: Your Evolutionary Heritage

Posted by on Apr 3, 2010 in The Developing Brain | 4 comments

Maturation and resistance are the two primary forces at work in the developing psyche, and the two general states that support each are love and fear respectively. Now let’s look at some of the basic neuro-physiologic machinery through which these forces work. The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is the most fundamental part of a complex neuro-endocrine system that we use to modulate the flow of energy through the body and nervous system depending on the needs of the moment. This system is the foundation for navigating the stresses of life. The activity of the ANS is more bio-behavioral...

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