Good Baby Syndrome: A Legacy for Life

Jun 9, 2019




The association of ‘quiet baby’ with ‘good baby’ reflects unconscious cultural attitudes that puts increased pressure on parents and seeks to diminish the expressiveness of babies.
Babies are fully human from the beginning and seek empathic contact for their inner emotional life, including their distress.
How we support or inhibit emotional expression in early life, has long term consequences for us as individuals and society.

  • Matthew Appleton

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