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You don’t need to be a victim of your upbringing

It started with a group of infants in a small, white playroom. The experiment taking place, later known as “The Strange Situation,” was designed to observe the behavior of children with their caregivers.

For 21 minutes, researcher Mary Ainsworth and her colleagues watched the infants respond to various scenarios. In one, the parent and child are alone, and the child plays freely while the parent stands by. In another, a stranger enters and the parent conspicuously leaves. …

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