Imprintation

I include the concept of imprintation as part of Cultural Inheritance (also overlaps and interacts with Self-Inheritance – more to come). Imprintation is a term coined by Konrad Lorenz, the “father of ethnology.” Imprintation is sometimes referred to as a process of “stamping-in,” and involves critical time periods in the life of each of us. A critical period is a developmental exposure-sensitive time-span when we are most sensitized to certain “normal” species responses. If not developed during this critical time period it may be difficult (impossible) to later acquire. It is the habituation of certain learning patterns and skills during critical phases of development. In human development there are critical times a child learns cultural expectations. In epigenetic terminology there are critical times to turn on (activate) certain responses, skills, abilities, aptitudes, etc.  Jacob Azerrad maintained, “there’s a period when every child’s intellectual cognitive is very primitive and they learn through their emotions, on the level of feelings. At that period of life when parents criticize them and make negative comments, they imprint belief systems that last a lifetime and are terribly resistant to change.” (1997) During these formative years the unconscious Limbic Brain cements cultural views. If done early enough all will succumb and surrender to this learning, and it will be very difficult to reverse or erase this early inculcated training. Neurological research demonstrates how early cultural imprinting becomes fossilized in our brains and lasts for a lifetime. A serious part of this entrapped cultural training is negative and often holds us back from self-growth (more to come).

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