Infant BehaviorThe Theorem: Makes a Major Discovery in Infant Behavior!
It all starts here… well not really. This of course is what you would expect from a book with a fetal developmental model as its core premise. But what is important in relation to The Theorem’s behavioral model is that this time during infancy comes as close as anyone will ever get to fully reviewing the behavioral model the fetus just experienced in the womb. What is essential to the parent or caregiver however is that this chapter provides invaluable insight into what is necessary to ensure the long term mental health of the infant; as they prepare to launch into childhood, adolescence, and ultimately their adult years.
In this chapter some of the oldest mysteries in regards to the behavior of infants are answered. Why do infants like rocking motion? Why does the infant dislike being wet or having a full diaper? What is the motivation behind eye contact with the mother; why would the infant even be interested in this? What makes a baby take to its mother’s nipple? Why do they often sleep during the day and stay up at night? Why are they often fussy during the night? Why is it important to always comfort your newborn when it is crying? Why does the infant fall asleep when in a moving vehicle and often wake up startled when the car stops moving? More importantly what transition in the womb does this mimic? While some of the answers to these questions would seem obvious, trust us they are not what you think they would be.
Infancy is essentially the nuts and the bolts of The Theorem's developmental model. Why? Well because it is during this brief period of heavily weighted importance that something has to be done with the species dominating fetal behavioral and developmental model the infant just experienced. The infant has little need for a large percentage of the neurons encoded with the memory of that developmental regime. After all a major purpose, delivering the fetus safely outside the womb, has been accomplished. So Nature makes quick work of eliminating many of these neurons, others will be reprogrammed with more relevant stimuli during exposure to life outside the womb. Here’s the catch though, if the events outside the womb mimic the events and or fears of the developing fetus, then these neurons become reinforced. This can lead to a host of problems defined as First Fear Not Relieved, which is a central premise of the behavioral model included.
If this makes sense to you, and you wonder why you have not heard of this book before, it has a good deal to do with this chapter. Yes, it is another controversial section that often clashes directly with the mode of modern day western society. This has to do with the fact that absence of the mother during the first six months can have long term neurobiological implications for the developing infant. While everyone may have already suspected this, The Theorem spells it out as to the ‘why’. Therefore it is important to read this chapter with an attempt to be free of guilt or unnecessary self judgement. There is no moralizing in this book, because applying morality to Nature is always a bad bet. We think that you can read between the lines of what would come next.
With that said, this section is a must read for any couple planning on having children; expectant mothers, preschool teachers, grandparents, large employers, caregivers and perhaps of equal importance, responsible soon to be fathers.