Things are going better-than-expected in my Develpmental Psychology class. I was having a motivation problem a few weeks ago but now that the holidays are over - I'm back in the saddle :-)
We have to do three written projects covering our own development - LifeSpan Developmental Projects. I thought that I would have a hard time with this since my life has been so convoluted, but once I started writing, it flowed - as usual.
I left out the sexual abuse that occurred when I was younger than 3 years old - not that I wasn't comfortable with revealing it - I just didn't know how to make it fit with the theories - after all, who figures that kind of thing could happen to such a young child?
Birth to preschool turned out to be the easy part of this assignment - I even got back in touch with my half-sister Carol who had all the information about me as an infant. I found out stupid things like my Mother used to put diluted mashed potatoes and gravy into my baby bottle to shut me up :-)
This next project section is giving me more problems. It covers middle childhood and adolescence and leaving the only home I ever knew at the age of 12 is in this period and there's SO MUCH psychology involved with that event! It affected my whole life and again, I'm not sure how to fit it to the developmental theories..
Of course, I have faith that as soon as I start writing, it will flow and I'll get a good grade as usual. I do find myself remembering things that I haven't thought about since they happened - especially stuff from the 2nd foster home (most of which I had previously blocked out) - which is kind of cool actually! I figure - you can never have too much insight into YOURSELF.
This class is really great - not only am I learning about my adolescent sons - I've learned just how much NOT resolving early psychological issues can affect the rest of your life - even though this is something I've always known and LIVED.