Wednesday, April 13, 2011


                       Deprivation of love results in "emotional starvation." Like the person who is hungry for food, the person who is starved for affection becomes irritable, unreasonable, and cantankerous. He shows his emotional hunger as he shows his physical hunger by emotional symptoms that vary from mild irritability to severe psychoses or by misbehavior that, as he grows older, may reach the level of delinquency or adults criminality.

                       Deprivation of opportunities to love and beloved delays the normal patterns of physical and mental development. This, in turn, affects the personality Some of the specific effects of emotional deprivation have been reported to be :

Physical, as seen in listlessness, emaciation, loss of appetite, quietness, general apathy, and psychosomatic illnesses

Social, as revealed in handicaps in leaning how to get along with people, lack of responsiveness to the advances of others, lack of cooperation, and hostility

Emotional, as shown in lack of emotional responsiveness and interchange, feelings of insecurity, resentments as expressed in asocial behavior, restlessness, anxiety, temper tantrums, and many other forms of maladjusted behavior.

                  The older child or adolescent may push himself in intellectual and scholastic  pursuits to gain acceptance by parents and teachers, or he may be so disturbed that he is unable to function and thus appeared to be retarded. He may experience physical complaints which interfere with health and growth. Or he may develop nervous mannerism, specially speech disorders. As he grows older, he may turn to delinquency as a substitute for emotional satisfaction.

                  The effects of deprivation of love on the personalities of older people will depend on how rejected they feel. Elderly people who have been institutionalized feel more ejected than those who live in their own homes or in homes of their grown children, even though they may suspect that their children resent having to care for them. A feeling of rejection leads to self-pity, anxiety, irritability, and negativism at any age.



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