Dr. Shelley Uram on the Sense of Self and Nature of Children
One of America's most respected centers for treating trauma and addiction, The Meadows presents a 16-part video series, viewable on YouTube, in which Dr. Shelley Uram addresses topics ranging from family dysfunction to the benefits of Somatic Experiencing. In the installment titled "The Sense of Self and Nature of Children," the psychologist and Meadows senior fellow discusses the development of the sense of self.
Dr. Uram first describes the authentic nature of a newborn baby: existing moment to moment with no judgments, expectations of self or others, or sense of the past or future. At three months of age, infants begin to develop a sense of self; as the thinking brain matures, this sense of self grows continually more complex. As individuals progress through life, they advance through Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs, wherein self-knowledge and transcendence stand as the ultimate goals.