I was reminded of the Still Face video again today and think it’s so important because it shows how vital attachment is to develop a healthy sense of self. Watch how quickly this child in the experiment notices the mother’s lack of mirroring and how hard she tries to make an emotional connection.
***THESE VIDEOS MAY BE TRIGGERING***
Caylee Anthony and Casey Anthony
I was watching some Caylee Anthony videos that were filmed by her mother Casey before she murdered her daughter. The lack of interaction with Caylee in these videos is very creepy and disturbing. Casey apparently didn’t physically abuse her daughter (at least not anything that could be readily seen), but was starving her emotionally. She would sit and film her daughter but not interact with her at all. You can see Caylee reacting in ways very similar to the baby in the Still Face video experiment,except that Caylee almost never cried, which make you wonder if she had already partly given up.
In this video, you can see how frustrated and confused Caylee is.
Here is a dramatic video that shows how powerful the lack of mirroring is on an infant. It’s amazing how quickly the baby in this video notices the mother’s lack of affect and responds negatively to it. This is at the root of attachment disorders in children and most personality disorders, especially Cluster B. Without appropriate mirroring a child can’t develop empathy because it has never been modeled for them.