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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Circadian Rhythms Indicate Children's Emotional Development?

Some researchers of Circadian Rhythms claim that babies who follow a regular schedule when they are one month old will have less anxiety when they are 10 years old.

The researchers say that this could be related to Circadian Rhythms that develop in the body, maybe from genetics or from hormonal settings from this age (and probably other reasons that I don't understand).

I wonder if some of this could be explained by planetary progressions in some way. A baby will have his first Lunar Return at roughly 29 days. I sort of assume that this is a significant time in his development for all things related to emotional self reliance. The researchers had the parents record daily schedules from the first month and then followed the childrens' emotional development up to Age 13. Age 13, conveniently, is roughly a child's first secondary progressed Lunar Opposition. Age 10 is just after the child's first Lunar Node Opposition. Oppositions in Cyclic Returns are naturally going to be times of greatest tension. Anything related to the Moon is going to show emotional tension.

Also interesting is to note the babies who were followed in the study were born in 1990 and 1991 which was when the big conjunction of Saturn-Uranus and Neptune occurred in Capricorn. This is the sign which opposes Cancer, the sign which rules the Moon. Capricorn is also the sign which rules anything having to do with time and timing and rhythm. And, being an Earth Sign, it really does need to have a set schedule. Perhaps if the researchers were to test the kids born with Pluto in Sagittarius and the Uranus-Neptune mutual reception they would find kids who naturally prefer chaotic and unpredictable schedules. In the quote that follows one can see how the balancing act between Saturn self control and management and Lunar emotional reactions. Also, interesting that these are the two planets that rule parenting.

Greater regularity in daily activities may increase the predictability of an infant’s demands, leading to enhanced parental perception of the baby’s cues and increased parental confidence in meeting the infant’s needs, the researchers say.

More confident and perceptive parenting, in turn, supports the development of an infant’s emotional regulatory capacities. A baby’s ability to self-soothe and self-regulate are important emotional regulatory skills.

“Further, cognitive skills, such as directed-attention, or the ability to concentrate, also are likely involved in emotion regulation,” says Linnea Burk, clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin and a co-author of the study..

“These attention-directed processes may help to adjust emotional arousal and aid children in managing overt behavior when emotions are less well-regulated by other means.

“Children with a well-developed ability to direct attention in a variety of situations likely use less cognitive effort, and therefore may have more cognitive resources available to aid in regulatory processes.”

The study supports the potential importance of the circadian system and its development in the life of the child, and possibly suggests a genetic basis that the researchers will explore in future work.

Source: http://www.futurity.org/health-medicine/babys-irregular-rhythm-may-grow-into-anxiety/

Timothy Monk from University of Pittsburgh and Linnea Burk from University of Wisconsin

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