New research suggests early childhood experiences can influence the way individuals manage stressful situations in adulthood. For example, imagine two candidates at a high stakes job interview. One of them handles the pressure with ease and sails through the interview. The other candidate, however, feels very nervous and under-performs. Experts explain that the emotional bonds we develop with a parent or primary caregiver in early childhood are thought to be the basis of our ability to regulate our emotions as adults. ‘We know from other studies that our history of attachment directly influences how we act in social situations;’ explained Dr. Christine Heinisch, one of the authors of the study; ‘but what about reaction to a neutral stimulus under emotional conditions?’ A good example of this in daily life, says Dr. Heinisch, is when a car approaches a traffic light. Under neutral conditions, it is easy for the driver to follow the signal. But what happens under emotional conditions?
Source: Childhood Insecurity Can Impair Adult Emotional Regulation | Psych Central News