This week’s blog posting arrives in two parts. This first part is a magazine article that describes:
~ why ADHD is really attentional agility and not a deficiency disorder at all
~ how parents, through no fault of their own, often unconsciously damage and delay children’s development
~ why kids from the same family are often so different
~ how to turn human frailty into redemption
~ how to change genes that affect depression, anxiety, ADHD and antisocial behaviors
~ the power of gene-environment interactions
~ how to turn “risk” genes into positive resources
~ how to keep polymorphism (genetic balancing) from becoming problematic
~ how inherited genes + environment can produce either super-success or psychopathy or a hybrid synthesis of both
~ the Stress Diathesis Hypothesis
This is a compelling article written by David Dobbs and published in the December, 2009 Atlantic Monthly. It’s well worth reading – several times – with your own created family and your family of origin in mind. You can find the article by clicking here:
Next week I’ll take specific pieces of that article and riff off them from a social neuroscience perspective. It should be fun, not to mention life-changing for adults and children alike. Consciously doing things intended to optimize success is unquestionably best for the children, especially Orchid Children.
I wholeheartedly encourage you to pass this piece along to the parents, teachers, midwives, and daycare providers in your circle. Increasing knowledge strengthens the foundation of our power. . . unless, sometimes it doesn’t.