- Theodore A. Hoppe
- Montpelier, VT
- United States
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Are we inflecting an anxiety-conditioned view of the world onto babies?
Simon Lewis noted at his TED talk, "The World Health Organization tells us that depression is the number one disease on Earth in terms of years lived with disability. We find that the number two source of disability is depression in the age group of 15 to 44. Our children are becoming depressed at an alarming rate."
Psychologist John Gottman tells us that when a baby enters a relationship, "Our study shows that the majority (67%) of couples have a precipitous drop in relationship happiness in the first 3 years of their first baby's life. That's tragic in terms of the climate of inter-parental hostility and depression that the baby grows up in. That affective climate between parents is the real cradle that holds the baby. And for the majority of families that cradle is unsafe for babies." The first three years are formative years as researcher like Gopnik, and Kuhl demonstrate. Why are we getting it wrong?