When you do not like something, do you use method "Oh, I'll just not pay attention to it"? This study says it might be not a really good idea.
This study focused on small children (3.5 years old), and they were invited again at the age of 6. Researchers monitored whether children do you attention diversion as response to stressor, also how their heart rate changes (academically, respiratory sinus arrhythmia) reacting to stress. In general when we experience stress, there is are response (arousal) and recovery phases; heart rate increases and becomes more irregular during response phase and decreases as well as becomes more structured during recovery phase due to the impact of the parasympathetic system.
So when the attention was diverted, heart rate was more affected by the parasympathetic, calming system. But when comparing the results of both measurements, it was discovered that children who use attention diversion more often, later develop a stronger stress response: they have a more intense response phase followed by a more intense recovery phase.
👆 I would like to remind that most of the psychological issues can be managed by facing them with open mind rather than avoiding them. When attention is NOT diverted, children learn to manage the difficulty, and in the long run, it brings resilience and more calm than a short term attention diversion may bring.
👆👆👆 Exactly because of that, dear parents and grandparents, do not try to divert the attention of your crying child. Help you child, tell him or her that it is fine, that you both will do it together, you will take that shoe by its ears and you will slowly push the foot into the shoe, the bravest fingers first. Then you will really help the child to deal with issue. When you achieve a quick result and silence your child by diverting attention, you help only the adults who do not tolerate noise, but absolutely not the child!
My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to discuss psychology of emotions and development!
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