Tara - posted on 07/07/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
I watched an excellent documentary last night. It was 3 hours long but absolutely amazing.
One of the things it delved into was aggression as a learned behaviour.
The entire doc. goes back to the beginnings of psychiatric and psychological studies and experiments in the early days of this new frontier. And then relates it all to current society etc.
Anyhow one of the experiments was designed to determine whether or not children learned aggressive behaviors or whether they were born naturally aggressive.
The results indicated that yes children learn aggressive behaviour from others, even strangers. This broke new ground in the field when it came to treating and dealing with children with aggression.
When people say they don't believe that spanking leads to hitting etc. isn't that saying that kids don't learn aggressive behavior from seeing it?
Even though every study done since this breakthrough first way back when says that seeing aggression causes kids to act aggressively.
We don't hit, spank, etc. and our kids have never been aggressive with each other or others at all. It's just never been an example in their lives at all. There is no aggression in our home. They didn't bite past toddler age and only one did that! They don't hit, punch, kick or pull hair or pinch each other.
Maybe my kids are weird. They've always been superior negotiators though. Perfect U.N. material.
edited to add the link to the docu. for those that might want to check it out, it's called the secret brain and is very very cool.
yeah I'm a nerd who watches documentaries at night with my honey.