“Childhood experiences are crucial to our emotional development. Our parents, who are our primary attachment figures, play an important role in how we experience the world because they lay the foundation of what the world is going to look like for us. Is it a safe place to explore and take emotional risks? Are all people out to hurt us and therefore untrustworthy? Can we lean on important people in our lives to support us in times of emotional need?”
I’ve written about this in the past as well. Why would a child who has been abused during the critical time of social and emotional development be able to form relationships or find their way in relation to other people when this learning process is short-circuited?