Module Two Case Study Application
Constancy refers to the harmonious existence of love and hatred in an individual, and this is shaped up by the way in which a child is brought up during the various developmental stages. If one of the developmental stages of a child is not correctly done, there is a likelihood of a character being depressed and later manifest itself at the later developmental stages of a child’s life. Therefore the way love and aggressions are handled well; they play a key as the child grows.
The quality of Ashley’s emotional objective constancy is impaired in this case. Her father is uncooperative with her need. Her father tries to control her by telling her to maintain her weight. This disturbs her emotionally. She hides her emotions to please her father. This indicates inhibition of emotion in a child. Aggressions are sacrificed in this case for the love of the father at an oedipal stage which will later affect her life.
There is also an emergence of oedipal issues in this case. Ashley seems to be attached to his father Mr. Collins and tries to hide her behavior at the expense of maintaining her relationship with her father. This is shown by her inhibitory of aggression to make her father happy. On the contrary, she abuses her mother and disrespects her at all cost. This attraction to an opposite-sex displays oedipal issues in parenting whereby boys an attachment to their mothers and girls to fathers.
During her growth, Ashley managed to master the task of latency by shifting the attraction towards his father to attraction towards friends. At this stage, she developed love towards the opposite sex. However, she failed by choosing ill-mannered boyfriends who ideally do not fit the description of what the society considers as “good.” This surprised her mothers who become worried about the kind of boyfriends her daughter falls in love with during her relationships.
Evaluating this case in a critical way proves beyond doubt that Ashley’s behavior is closely linked to earlier developmental aggressions that were never curbed or solved. When Ashley was left at the bowling by their friends at an earlier age, she kept on trying to make the connection of the kind of work done by her boyfriend. This kind of turmoil has impacted her on the way she chooses her boyfriends. The fact that her boyfriend left her at the bowling, these connections have made her choose boyfriends who are at a distance in her relationship. She was also brought up in an authoritative family whereby her father was an authoritarian and this made her to prefer boyfriends who are more controlling and commanding like her father.
However, as much as Ashley manages to develop love, this is only done so since she is not confident to be independent. As soon as she gets a job, she develops financial independence, and this makes her struggle with maintaining her marriage. According to the case study, she becomes assertive and quests for a separation. This shows the struggles she undergoes so that she can maintain her marriage.
Constancy develops beyond infancy. Therefore, it is important to note that the upbringing up of a child at the infancy stage will have a significant impact on future development. Ashley’s mother got married at an earlier stage when she did not know about parenting. Age 2-3 years, a child is at the stage of trust versus mistrust. At this stage, a baby gains trust if what it wants is provided for and if not provided for, a stage of mistrust develops (Ainsworth 1). Mrs. Collins failed to cater for Ashley’s aggression, and this resulted in mistrust. This mistrust is also manifested in her marriage. On top of that, her father is an authoritarian parenting style impacted on the kind of men she falls in love with during her friendship.
To sum it up constancy refers to the harmony between love and aggression, and if an imbalance occurs at the infancy stage of a child, this imbalance will later manifest at the later stages of the life of children as they grow up.
Ainsworth, Marry. “Maternal Sensitivity Scales.” 1969 www.psychology.sunysb.edu.