Relational/Cultural Theory describes human development as being through and towards healthy connection. But how does this actually happen? This working paper will examine how human beings develop the capacity to connect starting in their earliest childhood relationships. Emphasizing the neuroscience of human connection, the paper describes the chemical and neuronal transformation of the brain in early growth fostering relationships. It will explore how a separation/ individuation culture undermines the human nervous system which is, literally, hard wired to connect and erodes our capacity to form healthy communities.
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