What Lies Beneath
Recently I learned about a study by the name of ACEs, which stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. The study was conducted to determine the effect of one's childhood experiences on their adult life. I won't go deep into detail because I would likely misrepresent it, I do recommend reading into it though. Basically, the experiences people go through as kids are likely to be reproduced in their adult life. This study did conclude though, that the key to breaking the negative cycles that continue through generations of a family is a stable, loving, positive influence in a child's life. People who have seen battery in their household, been subject to abuse, and other traumatic experiences. These are people who often perhaps misdiagnosed with ADHD (because they are "high strung) because medication is easier to come by than love these days. Why? Our assessment of people likely goes no deeper than what's on the surface. I am a firm believer that a person's negative behavior is typically a manifestation of underlying issues. Once those issues are addressed, then perhaps people can heal from their emotional and psychological wounds. This is nothing new to some of you I am sure. Hopefully it is food for thought though on how to help change someone's path in life.