Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP

Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP

Author, Mental Health Therapist, Researcher, Expert in Attachment Trauma

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Kansas lawmaker proposes legalizing spanking to the point of bruising…

As someone who works with helping children and adults recover from the devastating effects of child abuse, I find this Kansas lawmaker’s proposal extremely distressing.  A disorganized attachment style is observed in children who fear their parents.  This is due to the following double bind:  The person to whom the child wishes to run for comfort, is at the same time the source of the child’s fear.   The result is overwhelming anxiety, which is truly disorganizing to the brain.  Disorganized children are prone to dissociation.  Because it is impossible for young children to fight or to flee the situation, they “check out” and go away mentally.  In adolescence, these children are high risk for severe behavioral problems, or “internalizing” their feelings and developing depression and anxiety.  In adulthood they are very high risk for dissociative disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mental illlnesses.  This lawmaker wants to “restore authority” to parents.  Let’s focus on laws to protect children from people who think like this.

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