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Well written, comprehensive article on a difficult topic.
1 posted on 03/08/2007 5:55:26 AM PST by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

The flaws that are inherent in studies of this type include the fact that they are done on psychology students, a unique and self-selected group who may not represent the general population very well, and they are done with a questionnaire, which invites inaccurate answers. I wouldn't call this junk science but the methodology means that it has limited value.


2 posted on 03/08/2007 6:49:46 AM PST by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: shrinkermd
A tug-of-war between headstrong independence and needy vulnerability is visible as early as infancy...young children or primates who are confident in their mother’s affections tend to be confident when exploring an unfamiliar room or meeting a stranger. Those who are less secure often cling to their mothers in new situations, noticeably fearful

Contrast this with research by Jerome Kagan and others showing a very strong correlation between fetal heart rate and subsequent fearfulness and introversion. In other words, these traits are genetic, inborn.

Skilled therapists can help people manage such fears, but there is little research to guide treatment

Translation; they take money for dispensing worthless advice. They're snake oil peddlers.

You can't teach someone to be tall, strong, smart, or good looking...and you almost certainly can't teach them to be brave either.

3 posted on 03/08/2007 7:53:50 AM PST by liberallarry
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To: shrinkermd
>The psychologists’ analysis of the answers suggested that there were three distinct varieties of dependent behavior patterns

And then there's the kind
that puts on a diaper and
drives across country . . .


4 posted on 03/08/2007 7:57:31 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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