Feral children are defined to be the human children who had cut connections with the people at a very young age. It is possible that s/he had not experience the tender-loving care, and crucially, learning the human language. Feral children may either: (1) be confined by humans, (2) brought up by animals, or (3) lived in wild due to isolation. I will try to make sense their structures of development starting from their early ages, using the concept of human development.
Genie Wiley’s case helps support both sides of the nurture vs nature debate. The fact that she learned to talk after more than 10 years of confinement helps support the nature side because proves that she has the ability to communicate in her genes. However, she spoke with broken grammar and sentences, which kids tend to outgrow around the ages of 5 to 9 or 10. This sides with the nurture side of things because it states that she never learned how to speak accurately grammar wise because she had a horrible upbringing.
“Secret of the Wild Child” is about the experiences and development of a child that was in solitary confinement for thirteen years. Genie was the name they pinned on the child due to the similarities of being kept in isolation, then suddenly brought out to human society. During the first few months of life, children need to be exposed to other humans who will care and love for them because this creates a set of ideas and attitudes about who they are as independent beings (Brym et al. 2015,96). Genie’s isolation raised the question whether it was too late for her self image to emerge. Genie developed her sense of self out of solitary confinement due to symbolic interactionism, her existing personal conscience, and the growth of the objective component of her self image.
What is self? Self is a person’s essential being that distinguishes them from others. To me, self is which is unique to the individual. The social self is produced through the earliest childhood interactions. If you had no interactions with your parents or any individual, you would not have language, social norms, culture, or a perspective about the world around you. Due to this information, I believe Genie did not have a sense of self. We are not born with self; we develop one in interaction with other people. Since Genie never had a lot of interaction with her family or with society she never experienced social experiences and how she makes sense of them. Genie was always left alone in the crib or left tied to the potty chair; she was constantly
People often say that your childhood is the most important part of your life, and it is the part of one’s life that affects them the most. In Ellen Foster, by Kaye Gibbons, Ellen is forced to become independent as a result of a challenging childhood, that also affects her view of others and herself. Her father 's actions had a large impact on Ellen’s quickly developing independence, while the loss of her mother and grandmother exposed her to people who influenced the way she viewed others and herself.
The Secret of the Wild Child is a documentary about a little girl named Genie, who is locked up in solitary confinement in a bedroom and isolated from the outside world for almost a decade ever since she is thirteen-year-old. Long-term solitary life and lack of human childhood have caused her to exhibit inhuman behaviours as well as depriving her rights to have a normal social life. Fortunately, she is able to receive help from doctors in various fields who gathered together to develop a perceived good solution to her illness; however, the form of the therapies provided are controversial as they are more like an experiment than an actual cure. The film does this by illustrating the complex relationship between doctors and patients; specifically,
The following essay examines the up close dynamics of Brianna Marie De Moss. This entails the aspects of her social, cognitive, and mental development related to theories of Erik Erikson, Urie Bronfenbrenner, and Jean Piaget. This timeline is set up on the basis of Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages of Development according to Brianna’s accomplishments in age. In addition, outside scholarly articles are included that pertain to influences on her growth from prenatal care through the present. Brianna’s mother, Angie De Moss also adds to the conversation to give the reader insight towards her witness of her daughter’s development.
In this documentary, the viewers see a child that had been severely battered and abused by her father Clark Wiley, as well as being neglected by her partially blind mother Dorothy Irene Wiley struggle to find a place in the world after she is found and rescued from her abusive home. During those several years of torment Genie was deprived of educational and physical interactions which seemed to be evident at the time of her rescue seeing as she could only utter twenty words that were instilled in her when her father lacked sympathy and had outrageous burst of anger, as well as in the way she walked with her head hobbled over and her arms close to her body at all times. At the time, young Genie was transferred to a children's hospital in Los Angeles where a study took place about the Developmental Consequences of Extreme Isolation headed by psychologist
As Genie cognitively progresses throughout the years after rescue, she gains the abilities to respond to others and interact with certain objects. Even though she did not properly develop her self identity during her childhood, there is evidence that she is beginning to conceptualize her sense of self during her teen years. Feral children, such as Genie, lack a self concept impairing their development. However, in order to solve this, they must require the agents of socialization, immerse themselves in culture, and undergo socialization methods, such as Mead’s “Stages of the Self.” Through constant nurturing and therapy, Genie would have a chance to develop her sense of self and recovery from her previous, feral state.
This story is a great example of the importance of socialization, because Genie was deprived of every form of social interaction. As a result, at the age of 13 she did not have acquire self-identity or any physical, mental and social skills needed for survival in society. For psychologists, doctors and sociologist her case was of great importance, they had the chance to study someone with no social interaction, thing that they could not have done before because it was “the forbidden experiment”. They had an opportunity of once in a lifetime, that not many scientist and humanists had. It is morally unacceptable to isolate someone as Genie was, but they had the ‘luck’ of finding someone with the characteristics they needed. Furthermore, this story teaches us the risks and rewards of conducting the forbidden experiment.
Thirteen-year-old Genie was found tied to a potty chair on November 4th, 1970, wearing a diaper and unable to talk. Unaware of the outside world and societal norms, Genie was known as the first modern wild child. Genie was locked in her basement for almost her complete life, unable to learn from others and have the opportunity to mentally develop. Through her attempts at rehabilitation by a number of doctors, Genie was able to learn social norms, develop a sense of self and expand her agents of socialization. As Genie learned and explored her new community, she was qualified to adapt to some societal norms. As she was surrounded by others, Genie was able to develop a self-image based on the looking-glass theory. The doctor, hospital, her foster
As a young child, I was very shy with a giant heart. I thought the best in everyone and was anxious about others and whether or not they liked me. I lived in a small town up until I turned ten years old, living with my biological and abusive, absent parents. I was a good student, afraid to fail and upset my mother. Although shy, I loved my friends and siblings and thought the best in every situation. It wasn’t until I grew older and received the guidance and outside perspective of my adopted mom that I realized how awful my home life was. I’ve since begun analyzing my behaviors and emotions that ran through my mind as a child to realize how to overcome the abuse I’d endured.
Unlike adolescents and adults, growth and development is different in infants and toddlers. Observations from the physical, cognitive and perceptual development show that toddlers and infants grow and develop at a faster rate than adults. The physical, cognitive and motor development in infants and toddlers is higher than the same development in adults. This paper is an analysis and interpretation of an observation conducted with an aim to understand the growth and development of toddlers and infants. It explains an observation of an infant boy named Taylor who is 8 months old. Taylor was born in North Carolina and has been living with his parents since he was born.
Do you ever wonder how you act the way you do? Nature vs. nurture is a discussion about whether genetics or parenting have a bigger impact on your personality. Both nature and nurture are important in how you act. Identical twins have many differences. There are many ways nurture can affect a kid 's personality. Studies show that nurture is more responsible for the way you act. Nurture dictates how you respond to others.
The emotional development in middle childhood in Jean Piaget Theory those are described how the way that children are thinking developed as they are interacted with the world around them. The Piaget’s theory has four stages. For example is sensorimotor stage, preoperational, concrete operational and formal operational. Their emotions are also will increase influenced by their thinking.