The author, a clinical counselor, observes that many problems in modern intimate relationships mirror dysfunction in the current political landscape. He describes “toddler brain” and “adult brain” behaviors in relationships and political discourse. The former is characterized by intolerant, self-centered behavior, which copes with problems by blaming others or denying or avoiding the issue—like a toddler who acts out to induce an adult to meet his needs. Just as these behavioral habits hinder constructive political dialog, they prevent couples from addressing and improving foundational issues. The author posits the 24-hour news cycle and social media react with the human tendency to focus negative emotions to create the conditions for toxic relationships as well as public life.
- Understanding the toddler has actually been a focal point for many parents out there. Parents want to understand toddlers and help them develop whenever they can too.
- Toddlers are entering a special age of development in their lives. Notice that they often say “mine” and want to take what belongs to them.
- These toddlers might also figure out how to say no in time. That will be of good use and help parents who want to know more.
“Most arguments of today’s politicians and intimate partners can be reduced to the favorite two words of the toddler – one says, “Mine!” and the other says, “No!””