Attachment starts from the moment of birth as an infant begins to recognize her mother’s smell, voice, and face. Children with insecure attachment due to a parent with unresolved emotional issues or an inconsistent parenting style show an inability to consistently show emotions. Children who have a secure attachment to at least one adult have higher self-esteem, social skills, and empathy. Empathy can be shown by children as young as 2 years of age and continues to develop into adolescence. Empathy is critical to the formation of healthy, reciprocal relationships. It allows individuals to understand how someone else may feel. If empathy is lacking, an individual may not hold back from physically or emotionally harming others because he does not have the capacity to understand how the impact of such harm. The relationship between the lack of empathy and antisocial behavior can be evident in children in early to middle elementary school years. This lack of empathy is one of the primary contributors to violent behavior.
In this Assignment, you analyze the role that attachment plays in the development of empathy and how empathy is a protective factor against violent behavior. You also explore the expression “neurons that fire together wire together” and how it relates to violent behavior.
To prepare for this Assignment:
- Review the Learning Resources related to attachment and empathy.
By Day 7
In a 3- to 5- page paper:
- Explain the role of attachment in empathy.
- Explain how and why the presence of empathy may be a protective factor against causing harm.
- Provide an example of a violent crime and how attachment and empathy may play a role.
- Explain whether or not empathy may be hard-wired. If so, how? Provide an example.
- Explain the expression “neurons that fire together wire together.” Provide an example.
Support your rationale with references to the Learning Resources and other academic sources.
47.25 (63%) – 52.5 (70%)
Paper demonstrates an excellent understanding of all of the concepts and key points presented in the text/s and Learning Resources. Paper provides significant detail including multiple relevant examples, evidence from the readings and other sources, and discerning ideas.
42 (56%) – 47.2 (62.93%)
Paper demonstrates a good understanding of most of the concepts and key points presented in the text/s and Learning Resources. Paper includes moderate detail, evidence from the readings, and discerning ideas.
36.75 (49%) – 41.95 (55.93%)
Paper demonstrates a fair understanding of the concepts and key points as presented in the text/s and Learning Resources. Paper may be lacking in detail and specificity and/or may not include sufficient pertinent examples or provide sufficient evidence from the readings.
0 (0%) – 36.7 (48.93%)
Paper demonstrates poor understanding of the concepts and key points of the text/s and Learning Resources. Paper is missing detail and specificity and/or does not include any pertinent examples or provide sufficient evidence from the readings.
20.25 (27%) – 22.5 (30%)
Paper is well organized, uses scholarly tone, follows APA style, uses original writing and proper paraphrasing, contains very few or no writing and/or spelling errors, and is fully consistent with graduate level writing style. Paper contains multiple, appropriate and exemplary sources expected/required for the assignment.
18 (24%) – 20.2 (26.93%)
Paper is mostly consistent with graduate level writing style. Paper may have some small or infrequent organization, scholarly tone, or APA style issues, and/or may contain a few writing and spelling errors, and/or somewhat less than the expected number of or type of sources.