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  • Writer's pictureJibin Vakanil

What therapy would help for a child who is self harming?

Many foster carers would have dealt with a child who is self harming. Most common explanation for this is 'seeking attention' and wants therapeutic support. Why are they seeking attention this way? Dr Wilson, a professor of Psychology at Virginia University and colleagues conducted as study 2014 among 55 undergraduates. They first rated the pleasantness of several stimuli including a mild electric shock, indicating how much they would pay to (not) experience each stimulus again if they all had certain amount for disposal. As expected, the majority (76%) indicated that they would pay money to not experience the shock again. Next task was to sit in the chair for 15 min and think about whatever they wanted but needs to be “fully involve in their thoughts'.” Participants were also given the option to receive the electric shock again during this period, but that was a choice. Surprising results of the analysis showed that 25 participants (45%) opted to shock themselves, with a larger proportion of males (71%) compared to females (26%). Self inflicted pain often helps to distract themselves from predominantly worrisome and troubling thoughts. The distraction of modern technology and busy life gives no time for a child (adults either!) to have solitary quiet time. The mind is designed to engage with the world and without training, it is hard to focus on oneself. Meditation is the training for mind as it teaches us simply being at present with all our thoughts, feelings and emotions. If you are looking for an independent social worker to complete Form F assessment or court directed connected person report/SGO in Midland, East Anglia region, please contact us: #fostercareassessment #formfassessor #technology #sgoassessment #independentsocialworker #freeelancesocialworker

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