From a report that was quite elaborate, I pulled this segment. When God tells us that the greatest commandment is love, God understood the outcome of this study before it even started. A mother and a child are separated in a strange room for a short period, and when the mother returns the observers watched to see how soon the mother could soothe the small child. The child that was quickly calmed was the one that had a better relationship with its mother and therefore a better chance of success in life.
The children were first evaluated for behavioral problems like aggression and anxiety. Then they were given a classic psychological test known as the strange situation procedure.
In this test, the mother and child — now around 17 months old — are led to a strange room. For a while the toddler plays happily, but then, abruptly and without warning, the mother leaves.
Because this is a strange room in a strange place, the baby reacts — most cry. But the part of the procedure that's most important to researchers happens when the mother returns three or four minutes later.
"Its how that baby greets or responds to her mother when her mother comes back that gives us some clue of the kind of history that these two have had together," says Jeffery Measelle, a psychologist at the University of Oregon in Eugene, who worked on the study.
If the toddler is easily soothed by the mother, the researchers conclude that their attachment is strong and that the environment the toddler has grown up in is relatively secure. But if the toddler doesn't seem comfortable with the mother and can't be soothed, the researchers conclude that the attachment is poorer and that the environment the child is growing up in is probably unstable.
"It gives us some sense that that's probably the way those two have been interacting over time,"
Not only did God know that love brings success, He wrote it in the Bible. Pr 3:3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Pr 3:4 So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
Published on Friday, March 1, 2013 @ 4:33 AM CDT