Every person grows in a different environment. Some have enjoyed a carefree childhood, while for others, it is mostly associated with negative memories. People with difficult childhoods are somewhat disadvantaged, but on the other hand, they have a number of advantages compared to others. For example, they could have a better memory and be sympathetic, empathetic. What other qualities set them apart from other people?
History knows many vivid examples of famous people who had a difficult childhood but became famous thanks to their artistic skills. Scientists from California do an interesting study by surveying 234 people with artistic professions such as musicians, dancers, actors, designers and singers. The survey is about their childhood, then the respondents were divided into 3 groups depending on how difficult their childhood was.
In the group in which people shared that they had a very difficult childhood, they were found to be more prone to anxiety and shame. The curious thing is that they were able to fully devote themselves to art, which helped them change their lives for the better.
Choosing "quick strategy"
Another curious thing that Western scientists think based on observations is that people who have experienced significant upheavals at an early age tend to make decisions faster than others.
Quick Threat Recognition
Did you know that norepinephrine is a hormone that helps us identify danger. It is synthesized in the body when we encounter something unexpected or frightening. According to research conducted by clinical psychologist and neurobiologist Ian Robertson, norepinephrine has a positive effect on the brain when in moderate amounts, improving memory and learning ability. That is why people with difficult childhoods more easily recognize situations of danger and find ways to avoid them.
When a child grows up in unfavorable conditions, his psyche begins to quickly adapt to stress. As a result, the child builds the ability to more easily adapt to different situations and to changes, finding a way out when necessary. Scientists call this cognitive flexibility.