[Paleopsych] Restart: licking the rich

Werbos, Dr. Paul J. paul.werbos at verizon.net
Sun Aug 1 00:45:02 UTC 2004

At 04:16 PM 7/31/2004 -0600, Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D. wrote:
>For an interesting take on this, read:
>True? Bogus? If you write to her, she will respond. I did, she did.
>Steve wrote:
>> From the original post:
>>"A loving mother, a mother who pets and licks you, makes you 
>>confident.  A skittish mother who hesitates to touch you preordains you 
>>to be easily spooked.
>>Hugs-or the lack of them-change the way genes function. "
>>The child-rearing practices of the rich often include
>>passing children to nannies almost as soon as they
>>are born.  The mothers are absent.
>>The practical result of this is probably a high incidence
>>of attachment disorders, and the consequent high
>>incidence of psychological and social pathologies
>>that result from that.

This is purely anecdotal stuff, not all that different from the kinds
of anecdotes some people tell about Jews or other minorities.

Back in the 60's, I remember how our undergraduate text on psychology
actually tested the hypothesis that "rich are more neurotic," and found the 
exact opposite.

Not that rich folks lack their own distinctive disorders, in various cultures.
As do all human groups.

>>Very few noteworthy writers, artists, entrepreneurs,
>>or scientists come from rich backgrounds, and the
>>child-rearing practices may account for that: the
>>people emerge from this system as emotional cripples.
>>The work on emotional intelligence indicates that access to your emotions 
>>is critical for achievement.
>>The chief skill of the rich is getting and keeping control
>>of wealth.
>>Steve Hovland
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