How bond with mother in first 18 months can shape your love life

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So I came across another article yesterday that basically blamed mothers for any messed up adults (again!) the headline being – ‘How bond with mother in first 18 months can shape our love life!’ I should probably say it was in the Daily Mail which helped me not to take it too seriously.  However, the article was based on research done by a team of psychologists and university professors (The study is published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science) which again doesn’t particularly mean it’s any more true – but nevertheless made it appear slightly more official.  The researchers found ‘those children with a secure bond with their mothers were likely to have more successful relationships later on in life’.  This much I agree with and I know there has been extensive research that the first years are of huge significance to a person’s life course.  There has also been extensive research on how physical touch and love have a massive effect on the brain development of children – see a brilliant book on this called ‘The Science of Parenting’.  However, the research in this article goes a step further claiming:

‘Your interpersonal experiences with your mother during the first 12 to 18 months of life predict your behaviour in romantic relationships 20 years later.’

Apparently the ability to ‘trust, love and work through arguments’ is developed early on in these crucial stages.  I don’t think a single person could read the article and not end up analysing whether there is a correlation between their mother’s love and the success or failure of their relationships.  My problem with this is whether it gives adults an excuse for poor behaviour and encourages a lack of responsibility for one’s actions.

The article does go on to say, ‘Old patterns can be overcome. A betrayed baby can become loyal. An unloved infant can learn to love.’ Which suggests we are not a slave to our upbringing though even this was put in a particularly harsh way.

It is not new news that our childhood affects who we are as adults but when it comes to romantic relationships I would have thought we were more influenced by the opposite sex parent to a larger extent and surely at a much later stage in life?  As with most sweeping statements it ignores the multitudes of other factors that influence a persons conduct in a relationship.

If this study is to be trusted then where does that leave every mother who has suffered with post natal depression and was unable to bond with her child during that crucial first year?  Feeling pretty crap I would think!

I’m a firm believer that most things can be turned around with a big, and consistent, dose of love and that we have the power to change ourselves, break the mould and decide who we want to be!


5 thoughts on “How bond with mother in first 18 months can shape your love life

    passionfortruths said:
    January 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I believe there is great truth in the findings. Every human exudes a field of energy and one field interacts with another. Some have labelled it the Electromagnetic Field (EMF) of Consciousness. Emotions encountered in the early parts of our lives are NOT gone. Emotion is indeed a form of energy and as such it is imprinted upon our field of consciousness and stays with us until it is transmuted. Your belief that things can be turned around is also true. That’s where transmutation comes in. Many people have successfully transmuted ‘bad childhood’ memories via hypnotic regression, meditation and EMF balancing.

    Have a lovely day!

      morethanamummy responded:
      January 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

      I definitiely think our childhood experiences affect us but ultimately we’re responsible for the adult we become not our parents or anyone else. The EMF balancing sounds really interesting. Thanks for your comment 🙂

    Sarah said:
    January 19, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I think all this research can be resumed in one phrase: ‘A mother’s place is in the wrong’.

    Accept that and you’ll never be surprised what researchers come up with again.

    And of course Philip Larkin had it nailed back in 1971 especially in the first verse.

    Philip Larkin – This Be The Verse

    They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
    They may not mean to, but they do.
    They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.

    But they were fucked up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,
    Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another’s throats.

    Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
    Get out as early as you can,
    And don’t have any kids yourself.

      Sarah Miles said:
      January 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      I always loved that poem but ignored the last line! I think we look at our parents behaviour/relationship as normal and it is when we get older we realise everybody’s ‘normal’ is different. We are influenced by so many things throughout life and have to take responsibility for our own choices rather than blaming it all on parents. It’s their influence not necessarily their fault we are how we are. Not surprised it was the Daily Mail. At all.

      morethanamummy responded:
      January 20, 2012 at 7:07 am


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