Emotional Problems of Children

					Emotional Problems of Children
Emotion is a complex mental experience involving body and mind. It
implies a state of being exited, stirred up and disturbed in one way or
another. It is different from ordinary feeling. Emotion is a feeling but
not vice versa. Feeling is more localized while emotion is more intense.
It is with all humans and animals too. Age is not a factor for emotional
disturbance. It is noteworthy that emotional variations can be seen in
children from birth itself. Some parents are not aware of the related
problems as follows at various stages of growth.
During infancy stage:
At this stage, since the emotions are based on instincts of the growing
organism, the emotional responding may not be meaningful. Emotional
problems are mostly biological hunger, thirst and fear which can be
compensated or subsided by the mother through proper care extended to the
During early childhood:
During this stage, problems arise on account of emotional inconveniences
as follows.
i) Dominance of unpleasant hazards like anger, jealousy and fear with a
little amount of pleasant emotions. This imbalance distorts the outlook
of the child on life with pessimism making the child feel the environment
unpleasing. The child develops such unpleasant temperament resulting in
gloomy facial expressions.
ii) Inability to establish an emotional tie up with significant persons,
especially the mother and other family members due to some reason or
other. Lack of attachment with mother and absence of cordial relationship
with others depress the child without the related pleasure involved. Also
lack of affection from others makes the child self bound and have no
emotional exchange with others.
iii) Too much affection or over dependence on a single person, probably
the mother, makes the child often unsecured and anxious which give the
child detachment from peers.
iv) Failure to have attachments to animate or inanimate objects enhances
unnecessary anxiety in new situations.
During late childhood:
During this stage, some problems become a little intense and a few new
problems starting as listed below.
i) At this period, the children are considered immature when compared
with the age-mates and adults in times of unacceptable emotional
expressions such as anger, fear and jealousy.
ii) Lack of mind adjustments with and by the peer group.
Iii) Emotional distress and frustration affect effective learning at
school. Many teachers fail to convince and guide properly.
iv) Intense, long duration and recurring emotions affect health.
Duties of the parents:
It is the duty of the parents that the age-wise need based problems of
the child are understood and measures taken for solving them by giving
due recognition to the individuality. The ambitions of the child should
be taken into account for proper treatment. Attachment with love and
affection reduce the emotions of the child.
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