Compartmentalizing Experiences – Common Coping Strategy

Compartmentalizing beliefs, thoughts, and feelings are one of the few options to survive extreme mental/ emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse. More often than not, the real perpetrators are parents who abuse their children and some abused children become adults abusing others. The chain of abuse is a vicious cycle that could easily be ended. People aren’t born criminals (bad seed children) as many staunchly believe.

Children construct mental and emotional constructs to survive abuse. Children and adults act out what they experienced. This doesn’t condone their criminal behavior, it explains what causes such behavior.

The U.S. is one of 144 countries with barbaric and heinous laws that promote and condones the abuse of children. 59 countries have banned corporal punishment in the home and school.

The U.S. condones and promotes corporal punishment in the home, and 19 states condone and promote corporal punishment in grade school through high school. Not coincidentally, the U.S. has more prisoners per capita, than any other industrialized country. However, this may coincide with prisons for profit.

The privatizing of prisons began in the United States during the 19th century, and Louisiana was the first state to privatize its state penitentiary in 1844, less than ten years after it opened. This facility, and the other privatized prisons to follow, run the institutions like a factory with free labor.

Furthermore, the belief that spare the rod spoils the child is a fallacy because if physical punishment promoted people to go by society’s rules and laws, it would stand to reason the majority of prisoners would be those who didn’t have physical punishment for unacceptable behavior.

It is long past time for the U.S. to ban corporal punishment in the home and all agencies which serve children.

Source:

Corporal Punishment Causes Unacknowledged Damage https://selfgrowth.com/articles/corporal_punishment_causes_unacknowledged_damage.html

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