Jones son also benefited from relating to fictional and sometimes violent

Jones son also benefited from relating to fictional

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about feeling angry and not being able to express himself. Jones’ son also benefited from relating to fictional and sometimes violent characters. He talks about his son pretending to be a dinosaur in order to boost his self-confidence and feel fearless in uncomfortable situations. Because his son was able to visualize himself as a large and dangerous dinosaur, the problems he was faced with seemed like less of a challenge. In today’s climate, the topic of children being exposed to violence is a volatile one. In light of recent shootings in schools, many people believe that exposure to violence is the problem and not the solution. Jones shuts down that argument by including a quote from Psychologist
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Melanie Moore, Ph.D., which states, “Fear, greed, power-hunger, rage: these are aspects of our selves that we try not to experience in our lives but often want, even need, to experience vicariously through stories of others.”. She also goes on to say that children “need violent entertainment in order to explore the inescapable feelings they’ve been taught to deny.”. He thinks that allowing children to feel what they feel, all of what they feel (especially the bad) is extremely important and very overlooked. In Jones eyes, Children being able to use their imaginations, even in a violent way, is more productive than them not being able to do that because being able to express oneself is the key to a successful transition into adultho od.
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