The Fear Of Love : Parenting Difficult Adopted Children, B. Bryan Post

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In his 2010 book From Fear To Love: Parenting Difficult Adopted Children, B. Bryan Post, PhD brings to the reader a new approach for dealing with difficult children. Though a relatively short read at 116 pages, Dr. Post is able to educate the reader regarding his development, The Stress Model™ (Post, B., 2010, p. 39), and give them new tools for working with children. Initially written for those individuals who foster or have adopted children, the behavior modification concepts and techniques can be applicable to any child who is having behavioral problems. Post describes the concepts as “part of a new parenting paradigm” (Post, 2010, Introduction, p. xix). In the introduction, Dr. Post defines a paradigm (via Dictionary.com) as: “A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them” (Post, 2010, Introduction, p. xix). What are the previous paradigms, and what is this new revolutionary approach that he has created? The previous assumption is that difficult children are simply angry and controlling, which Post describes as “misleading.” The reality, according to the author, is that the children are caught in a state of fear and stress that they cannot break out of. The basic concept that must be grasped in order for one to understand and effectively apply the techniques of The Stress Method™ is that humans only have two basic emotions: fear and love. In chapter 1 of From Fear To Love:

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