A Story of Developmental Psychology by Katie Cook
Puberty: a developmental stage in which adolescents reach sexual maturity and the ability to reproduce (it also tends to include a lot of awkwardness and terrible photos).
I developed a deep attachment to a stuffed pig I called Piggy.
I received Piggy shortly after I was born and became quickly extremely attached to her. She was very soft and I found comfort in hugging her and sleeping with her- very similarly to how Harlow’s monkeys and their terrycloth mothers; however, I of course still preferred my real moth to any inanimate object.
Contact Comfort: according to Harlow’s theory, an infant receives physical and emotional reassurance when in contact with a comfortable object (typically the mother, but many soft and warm objects do as well).
Ducks imprint. Humans do not.
Imprinting occurs in several different animal species and is when the young animal creates attachments during a crucial period of time. For example, many animals bond to whatever is the first thing they see when they are born that moves (this is why there are cases of ducks following around people or dogs as though that is their mother, it’s because they associate that being as its mother).
Though I grew up strongly attached to both of my parents, I had a special attachment to my father, but for no specific reason. We joke that he's "the fun one", but that didn't come about until much later.