Background

Overview
   Immature Behavior
   Background
   Assumptions
   Personal Thoughts
   How to Change

Parenting Responses
   Defensive
   Offensive
   Absent
   Present
Balanced, peaceful people have a healthy, mature prefrontal cortex (the front area of the brain that sits behind the forehead). A mature prefrontal cortex is key in consciously regulating other brain areas and therefore enables someone to (1) recognize negative or immature energy, (2) accept it without fearing it, and (3) consciously change it into positive output, like love, hope and peace.

When the body senses danger, fear causes it to go to great lengths to protect itself...even if it means harming someone else. This can be appropriate in self-defense situations. But when someone takes an offensive stance in harming others (emotionally, physically, or spiritually), he or she is in need of a more mature prefrontal cortex in order to better understand and process his or her personal emotional energy. With a mature prefrontal cortex, the body uses wisdom, and not just natural reactions, when processing threats.

In children and adolescents, the prefrontal cortex is, by nature, under-developed. A child’s progress in this area of the brain depends on genetics and on how others respond to him/her, particularly during times of personal conflict and turmoil. A child’s most influential interactions come from his/her parent(s).

An adult (whose prefrontal cortex should be mostly developed by the mid-late 20s) can improve prefrontal cortex functioning by noticing and managing personal energy, particularly when responding to the negative or immature energy of others.

When a prefrontal cortex remains under-developed in an adult who is caring for a child, natural immaturity is perpetuated through the generations. On the contrary, when an adult exercises maturity in the prefrontal cortex region, the act of processing negative energy in a positive way is passed down to the next generation as a gift of peace.

Discipline styles dramatically affect prefrontal cortex development. Back to Top