A Child 's Life Under Traditional Circumstances

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From birth to age 6/7, studies have shown, the most important adult figure in a child 's life under traditional circumstances is the mother, and it is this period that the child learns what love is. Relationships between the researched subjects and their mothers were uniformly cool, distant, unloving, neglectful, with very little touching, emotional warmth - the children were deprived of love.

As a small child, the grandfather who served as his father figure was Ted 's beloved role model from whom he was involuntarily separated when his mother moved him to Washington State. Being torn from this father figure he loved at the young age of four, may have affected Bundy 's ability to socialize properly. This quote suggests that,

From ages of 8 to 12, all the negative tendencies present in their early childhoods were exacerbated and reinforced. In this period, a male child really needs a father, and it was in just this time period that the fathers of half the subjects disappeared in one way or another…. Potential murderers became solidified in their loneliness first during the age period of 8 to 12; such isolation is considered the single most important aspect of their psychological makeup. (Swiss Criminal Profiling, Childhoods of Violence?)

Although Ted focused on his love for his grandfather, the family 's church described him as an "extremely violent man who generally terrorised everyone he lived with" (libertus.net). But it was not until his incarcertaion, that Dr.
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