darcia narvaez

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intro’d to Darcia (pronounced like marcia) via Gabor Maté‘s several references to the notre dame study on hunger gatherer parenting.. ie:

gabor on democracy now

18 min – notre dame study: conditions for child development that h g societies provided for children.. which are the are optimal conditions for development.. and no longer present for kids..

gabor on capitalism:

19 min – notre dame study 2010: healthiest environ for child rearing is the hunter gatherer society/village.. why.. because in hg village 3 things happen to kids that don’t happen in our culture:

1\ kids always with the parent.. well that’s not possible in this country.. when puritans arrived in america they were appalled at the parenting practices of the natives.. because the natives didn’t beat their kids.. to the christians this meant.. sparing the rod spoiling the child

2\ when kids cried they were picked up.. we’re telling people.. at 5-6 months.. don’t pick them up.. you want them to become independent..we’re missing the point that they way to promote independence is to *invite the dependence.. people can feel independent when they feel secure in the world.. promote independence by inviting dependence.. so aboriginals picked up kids when crying which meant.. brains not overwhelmed by stress hormones.. when a child’s brain is overwhelmed by stress hormones because he’s not picked up.. that has all kinds of impacts on the child’s brain development.. because brain develops in interaction with the environment..

jean leidloff

*invited to exist

20 min – so even if we don’t abuse kids in this country.. but if you just follow the parenting practices recommended by the so called experts.. you’re going to screw up your kids tremendously..

3\ children are brought up in context of nurturing adults.. not just the parents.. clan/community/neighborhood

so any system that destroys those conditions.. that stresses the parents..

h & g.. affluence w/o abundance.. james suzman

so.. adding too.. hg child


googling the 2010 notre dame study – first found this..


Three new studies led by Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez show a relationship between child rearing practices common in foraging hunter-gatherer societies (how we humans have spent about 99 percent of our history) and better mental health, greater empathy and conscience development, and higher intelligence in children.

“The way we raise our children today in this country is increasingly depriving them of the practices that lead to well being and a moral sense,” she says.

Narvaez identifies six characteristics of child rearing that were common to our distant ancestors:

  • Lots of positive touch – as in no spanking – but nearly constant carrying, cuddling and holding;
  • Prompt response to baby’s fusses and cries. You can’t “spoil” a baby. This means meeting a child’s needs before they get upset and the brain is flooded with toxic chemicals. “Warm, responsive caregiving like this keeps the infant’s brain calm in the years it is forming its personality and response to the world,” Narvaez says.
  • Breastfeeding, ideally 2 to 5 years. A child’s immune system isn’t fully formed until age 6 and breast milk provides its building blocks.
  • Multiple adult caregivers – people beyond mom and dad who also love the child.
  • Free play with multi-age playmates. Studies show that kids who don’t play enough are more likely to have ADHD and other mental health issues.
  • Natural childbirth, which provides mothers with the hormone boosts that give the energy to care for a newborn.

find/follow Darcia:

her site:


her page on notre dame site:


her blog on psych today – moral landscapes:

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Dr. Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame.


She was the design leader of the Minnesota Community Voices and Character Education project funded with $1 million by the US Department of Education during 1998-2002. She was co-author with James Rest, Steve Thoma and Muriel Bebeau of the widely cited book, Postconventional Moral Thinking

She was one of five psychologists to be invited to speak at the White House’s Conference on Character in Community in 2002.

so.. another of gabor’s bermuda triangle ness

Her work emphasizes moral development over the lifespan, and the interaction between implicit and explicit processes in moral functioning. She emphasizes the importance of early experience in shaping moral capacities. Her current work is on the evolved developmental niche for young children (natural birth, extensive on-demand breastfeeding, constant touch, caregiver responsiveness, free play, multiple adult caregivers and extensive positive social support) and is studying the effects of early life experience on moral development both in the US and in China.

A recent emphasis in her work involves indigenous wisdom, starting with her 2013 paper, “The 99%–Development and socialization within an evolutionary context: Growing up to become ‘A good and useful human being.’” She organized a conference in September 2016 called “Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Knowhow for Global Flourishing” (videos of speakers available at YouTube).

Her blog, “Moral Landscapes,” at Psychology Today has over 9.3 million hits (as of mid 2017) with the most popular post being “Dangers of ‘Crying it Out'” with over 2.3 million hit

on 2016 book – Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom



perhaps a nother way could eagle and condor us to betterness..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]