Young Children Construct Cognitive Affective Representations Or Internal Working Models Of Their Experiences

743 Words Mar 31st, 2015 3 Pages
I have experienced many situations in life that have shaped me in the way I am until this day. I often keep things to myself and I rarely share happenings of my life with anyone. As I was growing up, I experienced betrayal from friends; cognitively, I developed a defense mechanism towards betrayal and refrained from sharing any information that might put me at risk. “According to attachment theory, young children construct cognitive-affective representations or internal working models of their experiences in attachment relationships from infancy onwards” (McCarthy and Maughan 446). Since I developed such defense mechanisms at an early age, I have continued to have those same mechanisms until this day, making it hard to change my view towards persons in general.
My lack of trust towards individuals is so high that I do not even trust my mother or siblings. Considering that in the Hispanic culture, individuals tend to be emotionally close to their relatives, I experienced not being close to my family. I did not develop a strong sense of trust with my mother since she would always work, and she wasn’t able to provide the emotional support that I needed. “intentionally hide their emotions. Although a boy may feel sad that a friend does not want to play with him, he may decide not to share those feelings with their parents” (Santrock 324). Having noted that my mother had other important things to worry about other than my emotions, I kept feelings to myself even though I thought…

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