Psychology professor Alan Fogel, author of “Infancy: Infant, Family and Society” (now in its fifth printing) emphasizes that infant self-awareness is at first grounded in the body and its senses—it is “embodied”.
“Early social experience in particular has profound consequences for the developing nervous system.” Richard J. Davidson, Lab for Affective Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Everyone would agree: social awareness is crucial to sound development. Importantly, it begins to arise in infancy, as we learn to attune ourselves to where others are looking.
There’s social heredity, the “epigenome”, those special proteins surrounding the DNA, embed information controlling genes like an off and on switch.
A dynamic system of unconscious, primed, and conscious inclinations collectively influences behavior—it is our job to make the most adaptive choices with the information we have.