Brainwave Function and Imaginary Friends.

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Brainwaves.

All humans experience four brainwave states that range from low frequency delta to high frequency beta. Men, women and children of all ages experience the same characteristic brainwaves. They are consistent across cultures and country boundaries. Delta brainwaves range from 0.5 to 3.5 Hz and theta waves from 4 to 7 Hz. These brainwave states are usually experienced during sleep. Beta brainwaves range from 14 to 30 Hz and during this state you are awake and alert. All your senses are activated and tend to be accurate. Alpha brainwaves range from 8 to 13 Hz. In this state the critical faculty loosens its grip and may even be bypassed. This natural occurrence is experienced by every human being many times daily. Most importantly the alpha brainwave state allows the vast potential of the subconscious to be accessed. During the alpha brainwave state your child is highly suggestible. His subconscious mind readily accepts ideas without judging these ideas as good or bad, right or wrong, fantasy or reality. Hence it is very important that you as a parent are cognizant of what you say to your child and also what you let him hear.
Children spend a lot of time in this alpha brainwave state. The younger your child is the more time he will spend in it. This is simply because the analytical part of his mind is still forming. You can easily recognise this daydream state by the way your child “zones out” from what’s going on around him when he is playing by himself. The boundary between imagination and reality becomes pretty blurry for a young child. An imaginary friend is a perfect example of this. For any number of reasons a child may begin to imagine he has a friend. His subconscious mind accepts this form of self suggestion and readily begins to develop this friend. This process may continue until he is able to see and hear his imaginary friend. What is vitally important about this is, that you as a parent, realise how vulnerable your child is at this age to damaging negative suggestion. A young child’s mind has not developed the filters it requires to protect him from damaging words and actions.

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