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What's Your Security Blanket?

Updated on November 8, 2009

Most - if not all - children have a security blanket, whether it be a favorite stuffed animal, a favorite article of clothing (my toddler's used to be a Nemo pajama top she had to wear every single night, until she finally outgrew it), or an actual blanket.

As we reach adulthood, I often wonder whether or not we really outgrow the need for such creature comforts. Instead of putting such infantile practices behind us, do we simply adopt new security blankets to take the place of our old ones?

Although I'm in my early thirties, I possess not just one, but two security blankets. One for the winter (a warm, cozy pumpkin hued turtle neck sweater), and one for the summer (a tailored short sleeved lavender hued blouse).

For one reason or another, when I wear either tops I feel empowered; attractive; spontaneous; invincible; on top of the world; like nothing can go wrong. What is it about these garments that engender feelings of courage, calm, and contentment?

Much like myself, millions view inanimate objects as their personal security blankets. So much so, that it tends to border on superstition.

Case in point, sports players wear the same unwashed socks or undergarments every single game. Some individuals keep a rabbit's foot on a key chain, while others wear 'lucky' charms around their necks or wrist.

Whatever compels even the most logical of us to make said objects our comfort or coping mechanisms, can very well range from obsessive behavior, to something as simple as familiarity. All I know is, I've got my security blanket, what's yours?

Did you have a security blanket when you were a child?

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you ruthclark3 for taking the time to stop by and comment. What a great security blanket - your Mother!

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      Ruth Clark 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      My mother was my security. She was always there. I was considered a "daddy girl" and trusted both parents, but, my security, as such was Mama. Nice article. Thanks.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Who knows aefrancisco? - Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave feedback.

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      aefrancisco 

      8 years ago from somewhere down the road

      Thanks for sharing Veronica.

      I wonder if a shock absorber can be a security blanket.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by Beth100 - I thinks it's amazing that although we do reach adulthood, we still tend to hold on to things (inanimate objects ususally) that bring us security, much like children and their security blankets. I can see why your computer is your choice security blanket, since it does keep you close to those you hold dear to you, even when your not able to be in their physical presences.

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      Beth100 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Security is important to us all. It's not unusual, as you stated, to have an item for security or comfort as adults. For me, it's my computer -- it's my link to the outside world no matter the time or place I am at. It allows me to stay in touch with others, informed and relieves my stress. I'm never alone. Thanks for a great hub!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for your feedback DeBorrah. It's great that you remember God in this way!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      Veronica Allen

      Nice Hub!

      After thinking about it, I have to agree with Prasetio30. My security blanket is God! Each day I post a devotional reminding me that "This is the Day that the LORD has made, let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it." This really gives me comfort because it reminds me each day that ALL power belongs to HIM!

      Blessings

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      Very good Veronica! I don't have a security blanket, but,one of my son's do. It is a pillow, and he would just die if he knew that I told this, Shh. (smile).

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      That's the best security blanket to have. He won't let you down, or leave you. Thanks for sharing.

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      my security blanket is GOD. why I said so, because before I take a sleep I always pray. No matter about the blanket, it just a tool to cover our body when sleeping. great hub.

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