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It wasn’t until the time of Sigmund Freud that people looked at the psyches of an individual and what kind of impact that could have on that individual’s life. Before that time, children were seen as extra farm hands and generally as cheap labor. Families did not look at how the children were treated and the possible impact on their development. Later, Erikson and Piaget furthered the study of development and expanded the road that Freud had pioneered. While all consider Freud the father of psychoanalytic thinking, few turn to many of his first theories in reference to development. Freud forged a path by which all future developmental researchers walked through to further advance the study of development. While, experts have clearly not agreed on every measure by which development of an individual’s cognitive development should be measured, each have agreed to some measure that risks are involved to cognitive and emotional development at the time that could later lead to serious consequences in later stages of development.
Infancy by all standards is when the individual is most…