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Building the baby’s mind

In this video Professor Jane Barlow examines the way in which primary caregivers contribute to the baby's developing mind and sense of self.

In this video we do two things:

  1. We examine the role of attachment as a bio-behavioural feedback mechanism that enables the infant to regulate his or her stress levels;

  2. We look at the different types of attachment relationship that a child can have with their primary caregivers, distinguishing between infants who are securely or insecurely attached, and infants who have an organised or disorganised attachment, and the different types of parenting that contribute to these different types of attachment.

We will then move on in later sections to examine the concept of ‘internal working models’ (Step 4.18: Glossary), which I will argue are the basic building blocks of the infant’s sense of self, and which are established as a result of the infant’s attachment relationship with primary caregivers.

Copyright for the Circle of Security image shown in this video: 1998 Cooper, Hoffman, Marvin, & Powell

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Babies in Mind: Why the Parent's Mind Matters

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