Emotions and Infants : The Navarasa

June 1, 2017

Emotions and Infants

-Shubha Ranganath


Emotions guide us to the person we are or we want to be. Emotions help us to reciprocate with the world around us. Emotions spark feelings inside us.

Emotions and feelings become the driving force behind our behaviour which can be helpful or harmful.

Understanding our emotions and becoming aware of the corresponding feelings can create a balance in our thought process which in turn helps us to become a better human.

Parents and the supporting family become the major contributors to the development of a new born infant's emotions and feelings. The infant is completely dependent to unravel the mystery of Navarasa, the nine Emotions : 


1. Shringara (love)  :Give your baby unconditional love. Babies look for trust and reassurance everywhere they go. Irrelevant to their behaviour say 'I love you' to your baby.  


2. Hasya (laughter) :Making your baby laugh is a bonding experience. Tickling makes them laugh. Peek-a-boo   is a known laugh inducing game. Enjoy this special experience with your baby.



3. Karuna (kind-heartedness or compassion) : Research have shown that kids as young as 18 months have the ability to understand empathy. Teaching your child ways to treat things with care helps them to develop compassion. Be gentle and soft spoken yourself  while interacting with people around you. 


4. Raudra (anger) : Anger in next stages of a baby's life will be more related to not being able to adjust to the surrounding environment and people, sleep pattern, hunger,  need for a diaper change, colic pain and need for a soothing parent.  


5. Veera (courage) : A step to nurture your child's self confidence starts as early as 4 months when they start turning and try the crawling act.    Encourage your child without instilling irrational fears in them.  


6. Bhayanaka (terror or fear) : Fear is a part of development in childhood. Help your child navigate through their fears and move more confidently through their childhood. Acknowledge their fears. Once they trust you, the process will be smooth.


7. Bheebhatsya (disgust) : Disgust is an emotional response of revulsion to something considered offensive, distasteful, or unpleasant.What do children think is disgusting? A slug? Broccoli? Sensitive and comforting care from warm, supportive and trusted adults helps children develop self-regulation.


8. Adbutha (surprise) : The emotion Surprise is a mixed emotion of fear and happiness. A chemical called adrenalin is released or “surges” into the blood stream. Most babies don’t like adrenalin surges. Often they respond by crying, and go to the next feeling of Anxiety and Fear, unless you intervene and stop the reaction.  


9 :Shantha (peace or tranquility) :Tranquillity is the quality or state of being tranquil; that is calm, serene, and worry-free. Strengthen your emotional bond with your children using these: Love, joy, patience, wisdom, laughter, peace and time.



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