Research for Father’s Day: One Of The Greatest Influences On Personality Development Is A Father’s Love
[Source: Medical News Today]
A father’s love contributes as much – and sometimes more – to a child’s development as does a mother’s love. That is one of many findings in a new large-scale analysis of research about the power of parental rejection and acceptance in shaping our personalities as children and into adulthood.
“In our half-century of international research, we’ve not found any other class of experience that has as strong and consistent effect on personality and personality development as does the experience of rejection, especially by parents in childhood,” says Ronald Rohner of the University of Connecticut, co-authored the new study in Personality and Social Psychology Review. “Children and adults everywhere – regardless of differences in race, culture, and gender – tend to respond in exactly the same way when they perceived themselves to be rejected by their caregivers and other attachment figures.”
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