Rupture and Repair: Emotions, Attunement, and Attachment

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""Why do some children become sad, withdrawn, insecure, or angry, whereas others become happy, curious, affectionate, and self-confident?" developmental psychologist Edward Tronick, Ph.D. asked in a 1989 paper called "Emotions and Emotional Communication in Infants." The answer lies in large part with the quality of emotional communication, or attunement, between parent and child. We don"t get this important education in emotions in our formal schooling, yet we really need it to do right by our children."

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