The modern world is set up in a way where children that grow up in a highly stressful environment are labeled all sorts of things including damaged. This misconstrued perception translates to the ways that the society views these children and the way that they are treated as well. The idea of perfection behind modern society is to shield their children from what is actually the reality of life. On the other hand, children who grow up in high-stress environments are able to adapt and build their lives around the reality of what life really is.
Presently, research is inclined on highlighting the negative side of children who grow up in stressful environments. These range from cognitive impairment, violent character traits and a lower capability of adapting to the conventional learning institutions, the system, and testing mediums as well. This basically portrays the children as damaged individuals who cannot fit in the modern societal setting. However, it is clear that these research results are not conclusive as they negate the positive effects that children who are exposed to highly stressful environments gain.
Benefits Associated with High-Stress Environments
High-stress environments basically comprise of a violent home and school environment, low quality of life, exposure to environmental chemicals and neglectful child care among others. Society seeks to ‘fix’ these damaged children by conducting intervention sessions.
The truth is that these kinds of children are able to adapt to various types of settings. Their vigilance is also at a constant high and they are inclined to pick up skills and abilities faster than their counterparts who grew up in low-risk environments. These traits and skills ultimately help them to adequately prepare for the versatile job market by having superior cognitive capabilities in traditional learning institutions.
These children are also resilient and able to handle the disappointment and challenges that are common in life. You will also notice that the children have impeccable memory and problem-solving skills as well.
Children who have adapted to stressful environments have an innate ability to thrive and excel in any environment. They are naturally inclined to perform better in fast-paced environments and dominate in social scenes. The first step that you can take in gaining awareness of the benefits of these kinds of environments for children is to encourage research initiatives that cover the advantages and disadvantages in equal measures.
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