• Essential Joseph Chilton Pearce 05
    The Model Imperative
    model imperative, parenting, bonding
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    Child development is dependent on adult development, one of Joe’s seminal insights. Continuing adult development is the challenge we face raising the bar in terms of development beyond the mechanical, reflexive conditioning we call normal. Normal is not optimum. Why is normal so mediocre. Not because of the child. It’s the environment. And that means you and me. The mother’s emotional state determines the type of brain the infant will develop: a larger frontal lobe with the capacity for love and compassion if the mother feels safe and nurtured, and a larger hind brain for survival if the mother feels threatened and unsafe.