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Neurotic parents turn kids into wimps

A good way to destroy your kids is to pass your doubt, fear and frustration on to them.

One way to do that is to provide a neurotic home life, which produces unstable children. In part, their only mode of survival is to shrink away and do the minimum, avoiding conflict.

That creates people who cannot deal with life, need constant reinforcement, and so flock to liberalism and other ego-salves.

Is your kid a “dove” – cautious and submissive when confronting new environments, or perhaps you have a “hawk” – bold and assertive in unfamiliar settings?

These basic temperamental patterns are linked to opposite hormonal responses to stress – differences that may provide children with advantages for navigating threatening environments, researchers report in a study published online July 8, 2011, in Development and Psychopathology.

“Divergent reactions – both behaviorally and chemically – may be an evolutionary response to stress,” says Patrick Davies, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and the lead author of the study. “These biological reactions may have provided our human ancestors with adaptive survival advantages. For example, dovish compliance may work better under some challenging family conditions, while hawkish aggression could be an asset in others.”


Doves with parents who fought violently produced elevated levels of cortisol, a hormone that is thought to increase a person’s sensitivity to stress. Hawks from such stressful home environments put the breaks on cortisol production, which is regarded as a marker for diminishing experiences of danger and alarm. – Medical Xpress

If you fight in front of your kids, or just produce a neurotic and unwelcoming home life, don’t be surprised when you end up with dropouts or criminals.

This was common sense a century ago, but we’re “enlightened” now.

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