Lack of Rhythm. Part 2 of a case study
Erikson, (1998) believes the stages of psychosocial development that are not completed successfully may reappear as problems in the future. Michael behaved very much like a teenager as mentioned at the beginning. During the dances, he displayed a lack of Rhythm. This could have begun from his early infancy as rhythm starts from the flow between mother and baby (Kestenberg and Buelte, 2006)
His lack of motor rhythm could be related to his proprioceptive and vestibular centres. There are adolescent growth spurts that people with sensory integration problems have trouble adapting to as they are still trying to integrate earlier stages of development. I had the sense that this was the case for Michael.
The first basic strength and root of ego development emerge from basic trust v mistrust. Moreover, this trustfulness must be nourished by maternal care. If in the teenager strength and fidelity emerge, this is not only a renewal on a higher level of the capacity to trust – and trust oneself – but also to be trustworthy and to commit ones loyalty (Erikson, 1998).
If on the other hand Strength and fidelity did not emerge as in Michaels case being socially disconnected and cut off would result. As prison is the ultimate way to be socially disconnected, his addiction was a way to keep him disconnected from himself.
Puberty is one of the most sensitive periods of brain development. Some brain areas critical for emotional life is among the slowest to mature. The sensory areas mature in early childhood and the limbic system by puberty. The frontal lobes, which are the place of emotional self-control and understanding, continue to develop into late adolescence (Goleman, 1996).