CHIL­DREN ARE SCARED OF THE DARK

Milk Magazine (English) - - HEALTH -

YES BUT…

“Ev­ery­thing that is fa­mil­iar changes in the dark,” says psy­chol­o­gist Caro­line Khanafer. Which is more than enough to in­spire fears and an­guish. Yet “the noc­tur­nal world is also when chil­dren find them­selves alone with them­selves in their own ter­ri­tory,” she adds. While young chil­dren may be pet­ri­fied by fear of wolves and rob­bers, the night grad­u­ally makes way for se­crets, out­bursts of laugh­ter un­der the du­vet and those rare mo­ments when young­sters can in­dulge in wak­ing dreams: “The dark­ness be­comes a pro­tec­tor from the parental gaze and adult world. For teenagers, it’s the ex­ten­sion of their pri­vate do­main.” A bed­room in semi-dark­ness is also con­ducive to con­fi­dences be­ing shared be­tween a child and par­ent. When alone to­gether in such a tran­quil set­ting, words come more freely and lit­tle wor­ries can be soothed.

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