The Importance of Emotional Self-Regulation and Secure Attachments

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“Growth of self-regulation is a cornerstone of early childhood development and is visible in all areas of behavior” (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000)

Throughout the course of a person’s life, they will face many situations where self-regulation of the emotions is needed to make decisions that can determine a positive outcome of a given situation. Most adult are able to think about the consequences of their actions before a situation gets out of hand. They have, through experience, the understanding and knowledge that for every action there is a reaction and the decision you make at this given time may affect some other aspect of your life. An example of this would be a scenario where a person is driving and someone cuts them off. The
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“Growth of self-regulation is a cornerstone of early childhood development and is visible in all areas of behavior” (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000)

Throughout the course of a person’s life, they will face many situations where self-regulation of the emotions is needed to make decisions that can determine a positive outcome of a given situation. Most adult are able to think about the consequences of their actions before a situation gets out of hand. They have, through experience, the understanding and knowledge that for every action there is a reaction and the decision you make at this given time may affect some other aspect of your life. An example of this would be a scenario where a person is driving and someone cuts them off. The outcome of a crisis situation such as this depends on the action of the person who was cut off. Some adults will react aggressively as in instances of “road rage.” A more mature adult would simply count to ten and continue as if nothing untoward happened.

To be faced with this type of experiences is why development of good emotional self-regulation and secure attachments is important for children to learn and important for adults to practice. According to Santrock, children are faced with emotions that range from anger and frustration to joy and excitement that starts in infancy where emotions are rooted in the more primitive area of the brain, the limbic system. As the child grows and learns through experiences such as social