Monthly Archives: June 2018
Nine-year-old Katya is very shy. She often misses school, and before leaving the house in the morning complains of abdominal pain. On the eve of the examinations she was very upset. Every time her father goes on a business trip, Katya panics. She’s afraid something will happen to her father and he won’t come home.
Doctors found Katya has an anxiety disorder. Anxiety in children is abnormal when it reaches a level like Katya’s. When a child experiences anxiety, parents should help him cope with this problem.
Anxiety: emotion or mental disorder?
Anxiety is an emotion, though unpleasant for the person who experiences it. Continue reading
Many of us have seen the cartoon”puzzle”. It shows the control room of the child’s brain. The child’s subpersonalities work to make him feel safe and happy. The plot of the cartoon becomes interesting when Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust and Sadness begin to struggle for control.
For example, when Fear takes over, the child cringes. When the main thing is Anger, the child begins to swear. So we understand that all these characters represent the emotional experience of the child.
But this model actually works. The cartoon shows quite accurately how our emotions work. There are also whole areas of psychotherapy that use such models. Continue reading