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Myths of Childhood by Joel Paris

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CHAPTER

The Primacy of Early Experience

image  Principles of Primacy

I am using the term the primacy of early experience to refer to the principle that childhood shapes the course of adult life. This broad and general construct can be further broken down into three key assumptions:

1.  The earlier in childhood adverse experiences occur, the stronger will be their long-term sequelae.

2.  Early childhood experiences, particularly socialization and attachment in the family, shape normal and abnormal personality, so that a secure and happy childhood is the strongest predictor of good adult functioning.

3.  Conversely, adverse and negative experiences ...

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