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People know of privilege in the form of race, wealth, and gender, but there is a lesser known, practically invisible privilege. The privilege of love is a powerful force, and for those who are lucky enough to receive the right types of “love”, especially as they are growing up, will have an immense advantage over those who were not as fortunate.
Artist: Bridget Moore
A 2013 study, examining the effects of abuse and lack of parental affection across the human body's entire regulatory system, found a strong biological link between negative early life experiences and poor health later in life. One example of this is that if children experience a great deal of stress, possibly from living with an abusive parent or from frequently moving as a foster child, it can alter their neurological response to stress going into adulthood. This means that their emotional and physical response to stress can be greater than that of others. (Psychology Today)
Attachment theory states that a young child needs to develop a relationship with at least one primary caregiver to allow for proper social and emotional development. This attachment influences many aspects of a person's adult life, such as their attraction towards others, their relationships, and their mental and physical health. (Mark Manson)
Question: Look around your environment, take a moment to reflect; which side of love privilege are/were you on?
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