Ghosts From The Nursery: An Analysis

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Terror and seclusion are one of the few characteristics that Jenna embodies. Growing up her life was not easy. Unfortunately, before she was even conceived, her mother was using drugs and being emotionally attached to her child was not a given. This young girl would seek attention and affection from someone who was numb; someone who did not value herself enough. When she would visit her family, she was not as playful as the other children in the household, she did not want to eat, but rather sit on the couch; silent. A young child’s face should illuminate the room, but hers brought sadness. Her facial expression said one thing, but her eyes said another. She needed help, but she didn’t know how to ask for it. The authors of Ghosts from the …show more content…
Some believe that life begins after birth, yet others recognize the significance of attentiveness and love within early childhood development. It is as if the members of our society do not fully understand an infant’s ability and capacity to grasp and mimic expressions, or to feel and express love. Many may think that babies cannot relate to others as adults as they cannot understand what is going on to be logical. Yet, a baby’s primary source of human interaction is with their primary caretaker (their mother), hence the strong connection of facial expressions and limbic connections. Within Jenna’s story, whenever her mother would leave the room, she would not question where her mother went, but rather sit and …show more content…
Correspondingly, Lewis, Amini, and Lannon suggest that, “He must defer most of his neural maturation until he leaves the womb-when his physiology is no longer flying solo but joins his parents’ through their shared limbic nexus. His neurogenetic inheritance then becomes subject to the power of parental love” (152). Parental love can be emotionally damaging as parents not always profounding love their children. Love has many interpretations and many will view love to be obligating. Instead of saying that the child’s neurogenetic inheritance then becomes subject to the power of parental love, it should reference love from family members instead of solely focusing on the parents. By doing so, these children will learn how to truly learn how to love themselves and others because they will project what they experienced and felt. This is why destruction and toxicity are major components that tend to be overlooked. A child lives by example and if they are only exposed to violence, neglect, and unaffectionate relationships, then they will not be able to recognize true

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