Are you much the same now as you were then? Is this statement saying something deeper about how a child's development affects the rest of their lives? Do we change over time? I am interested in your thoughts, humorous or otherwise.
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The quote is much older than that, attributed to, I believe, a one Francis Xavier, a 16c Jesuit.
True Moonfroth, there are many variables that create a psyche. I imagine that severe trauma, after age seven, could likely change who we began to be. Anxiety caused by trauma may repress one's expression, yet the inner "blood" traits remain fixed...
Yes, you are right MickS, the quote is much older than the 1950s.
Early Life Experiences: The brain exhibits a high degree of circuit plasticity during early development, and neural activity during this “sensitive period” of development can promote lifelong changes in neural circuits. (Gist from the site) Thanks!
Perhaps not so perfect, but at least they have a better chance (in hell) of developing properly, without the constant uphill battle. I've worked with abused children for whom the war was lost, although they could win an occasional battle.