Toxic Socialization (Sosteric, 2016a) is a socialization process that damages the Physical Unit, undermines human potential, and disables the body's ability to Connect and contain higher levels of Consciousness. Toxic socialization is characterized by
- Violence and Abuse.
- Neglect of needs
- Chaos in the home environment
- Destruction of attachments, including Parental Displacement)
As this working paper indicates, the deleterious effects of violence and neglect in the childhood are well established.
"Spare the rod and spoil the child" is an admonishment to expose children to violence, an admonishment to Toxic Socialization.
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