Well, it took me five days off of the book writing to get myself started back on the job today.  Tomorrow I hope to tackle the really hard memory I am so opposed to invading.  In the meantime I went searching for some neuroscientific information about brain development in children during middle childhood, the age I was at the time I was when my resistant memory was created at the end of my 5th grade year in school when I was ten.

I found the Cliff Notes web page has a terrific batch of readable information related not only to the age period I am considering right now, but also as it pertains in its expanded presentation to the entire range of infancy and childhood all the way through the human lifespan.

Here is the link to the Cliff Note pages on what they call DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY.

You will find the following at this Cliff Notes link —

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology Research

Conception, Pregnancy, Birth

Physical, Cognitive Development: Age 0–2

Psychosocial Development: Age 0–2

Physical, Cognitive Development: Age 2–6

Psychosocial Development: Age 2–6

Physical, Cognitive Development: Age 7–11

Psychosocial Development: Age 7–11

Physical, Cognitive Development: Age 12+

Psychosocial Development: Age 12–19

Physical, Cognitive Development: 17–45

Psychosocial Development: Age 17–45

Physical, Cognitive Development: 45–65

Psychosocial Development: Age 45–65

Physical, Cognitive Development: 65+

Psychosocial Development: Age 65+


This site is worth a gander.

Again, it is important to understand that the entire spectrum of human development can be altered by the onset of severe relational trauma from birth onward.  Once severe unsafe and insecure attachment conditions communicate the presence of trauma in an infant’s environment all future body-nervous system (including brain) development can be altered in important ways that cannot be reversed once certain Critical Window time periods for development have passed.

In extreme cases such as my Borderline Mother’s was, the earliest traumas of her life came to combine themselves into ever-increasing cascading developmental changes that came to include the triggering of a specific combination of her genetic potential that created her terrible Borderline Personality Disorder condition.

For those of us who survived extremely abusive childhoods without intervention or reprieve some degree of Trauma Altered Development changed the patterns that are optimally presented at the above links.  If we simply scan through this information we will be able to detect in our reaction to this information which parts of it have special importance to us — both in terms of the changes that traumas caused in the earliest stages of our abuser’s development and in terms of how our own development changed from the abuse we suffered ourselves.

We cannot learn too much about what happened to us.  The good thing is that the alterations in our development that our body was able to make in the face of overwhelming trauma kept us alive.  What those changes are and how they change the way we live in our body in the world demands that we learn — on our own because no professional is really going to tell us — how we can identify the changes to us so we can learn to live a better life in spite of them.


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