Sensory Development

Written by Elizabeth Rose
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There are many stages in sensory development. There are theorized to be as many as 17 senses by some scientists and mystics. Early development begins with the ones we are most familiar with. First, before we are born, the sense of touch is active. The warmth and changing conditions of the womb make impressions on the child, even though these are rarely consciously remembered after birth. Other senses develop here, too, including some we might label "extrasensory."

Exploring and Making Use of Sensory Development

At birth, a sudden rush of impressions makes an impact on us. We spend a long time, as infants and later toddlers, making sense of these impressions. At first, it is overwhelming. Everything is so different--and so differentiated. Whereas before, everything was continuous, now the world is full. Full of bright lights and strange sounds coming and going. Our bodies experience changes in temperature that may feel extreme compared to the even warmth of the womb. Taste, breath, smell--all these elements and more suddenly become experiences and concepts we have to deal with.

Eventually, we master our bodies and learn to navigate our environment. Then, there are social skills to be learned. These, too depend on sensory cues. Expressions, sounds and movement are part of this. More subtle senses, such as perceiving pheromones or receiving psychic impressions, come into play here too. Often, we know something about a person without knowing how it is that we know. While we may remember moments while learning to walk, the subtler sensory impressions are more difficult to track.

As adults, the acquisition of life experience may make us curious about why we act or react as we do. This can lead us to retrace our steps. We investigate formative experiences to figure out how we got to this point. We often remember incidents from these early years that give us clues to who we are. We can then begin to choose who we might wish to become. Psychology, physical repatterning and psychic development skills can give us tools to build our best, future selves. There are many choices in this realm of exploration and sensory development, but one thing is certain, as long as we are alive, we have no choice but to grow. The choice we do have control over is how and in what way do we do so.

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