Life can be hard. Your perspective on the difficult times can make them easier on your children, however.
This suggests that these kids had developed a fight-or-flight response even for social cues that were not particularly threatening, researchers say. It’s something that can happen when one grows up in an unpredictable or dangerous environment.
But it can be overcome. When the mothers of the children who had experienced violence were present and interacting with their children in a positive and supportive way close to the time that the children viewed the fearful faces, the children were better able to decipher negative emotions from neutral ones. Their amygdalae were less active.
So, what happened in the kids who hadn’t experienced violence? The amygdalae only increased in activity when viewing the fearful faces.
The findings indicate that even if a child grows up in a stressful environment, parental relationships can protect them, say the researchers.
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