“Few of us escape the belittling of children and their feeling which is part of our general culture. Parents are inevitably the …transmitters of cultural attitudes…and when you understand this you will not be inclined to blame them for…reflecting broad cultural views… [Yet,] such attitudes frequently lay a basis for…self-contempt both in childhood and in later life (Missildine, 1985, p.33).” As Walt Whitman observed in “There Was a Child Went Forth”, the core of childhood lives on and exerts its influence in our adult lives. “Most of us never emotionally accept this fact” (p. 51) and as a consequence the threshold to greater self-knowledge remains beyond our reach.

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