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Voice is the sense of agency that makes a child confident that he or she will be heard and that he or she will impact his or her environment Why is voice important Voice is essential to the emotional well being of children and adults The absence of voice contributes to many mental disorders depression narcissism anxiety relationship difficulties etc If you or anyone you know suffers from any of these problems it is important to understand voice If you are raising young children fostering voice is critical What is your evidence that voice is important Over and over again my work with clients has confirmed the importance of voice While childhood love and attention were important by themselves they were not sufficient to inoculate my clients against depression narcissism relationship problems etc For example every chronically depressed person I have treated has suffered from voicelessness Of course my own personal experience as child stepparent and parent has taught me a great deal about voice Voicelessness sounds a lot like Seligmans learned helplessness How are the two related Voicelessness is an interpersonal learned helplessness Voicelessness is not the result of a single trauma The learning begins early in life and continues throughout childhood If a childs voice repeatedly has little impact on his or her parents world helplessness is engendered A child will do anything he or she can to escape this feeling of helplessness and the concomitant anxiety and depression As I describe in the essays childrens unconscious solutions to voicelessness are often self-destructive Where can I read about voice Voicelessness and Emotional Survival see link below is a good starting place In these essays I discuss many of the disorders mentioned above from the perspective of voice When I find work directly relevant to voice I will post it on the Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board see the link below Of course all recommendations are welcome Dont
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