Babies on Drugs in America? 1984 Predicted it
have to ask. Is the U.S. really becoming this out of touch? And I mean that literally.
Author Ray Williams, a contributor to Psychology Today, offered an important question back in 2010: “In our desire to have a politically correct and safe social environment, or an environment of instant communication, have we lost sight of the most important aspect of human development and culture — physical touch?”
The science is in: After food, water and shelter, there’s little more important to kids, especially babies, than human contact. Without simple human contact, in fact, babies can die.
This is the case, actually, to varying degrees, for all mammals.
In many litters of puppies and kittens, for example, there are sometimes one or two animals that come out enfeebled — as the “runts.”
The weakness of the runts, felt by the mother during nursing, is a sign to the mother it likely won’t survive. To make sure her genes have the best chance for survival, she must use her limited resources wisely.
As a result, the mother doesn’t lick or nurture the runt. The mother still allows the runt to feed (other species don’t even go that far), but it refuses to show the runt affection.