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Grown-Ups Need Security Blankets Too
Posted on September 09, 2016 by Beth LaSala
he definition of "Security Blanket" is a blanket carried by a child to reduce anxiety or anything an adult person uses to reduce anxiety. Adults report that security objects are comforting reminders of childhood. Psychologists say that people feel a strong bond with security objects regardless of the fact that the relationship is, by definition, one sided. The creation of ChappyWraps was inspired by a childhood memory of a cherished security blanket named "lamby" or "the sick blanket" (because we wrapped up in it when we stayed home from school sick).
Some old pictures of the original "lamby":
NEWBORN CHRISTINA (1988)
CHRISTINA, JOE AND ASHLEY (1994)
Richard Passman, a retired psychologist from the University of Milwaukee conducted a study in 1979 and discovered that 60% of kids are attached to a blanket, toy or pacifier during the first three years of life. A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 2000 found that children who brought their beloved blanket with them to the doctor's office were less stressed (measured by blood pressure and heart rate). A 1986 study published in the Journal of American Academy of Child Psychology discovered that at age 14 - 21% of girls and 12% of boys still used their security object. It seems that the "security blanket" is appropriately named. They actually provide security to those attached to them. They soothe when the going gets tough, provide reassurance and moral support in unfamiliar situations, and help to combat fear.
These emotions don't fade into adulthood. Scientists call this "essentialism". Essentialism is why we don't feel the same about replacement objects when the original has been lost. It is the feeling that an object holds an emotional attachment that is of greater value than the physical properties of the object. A study published in the Journal of Cognition and Culture in 2010 found that participants became agitated and experienced a stress response when asked to cut up pictures of their cherished items. This emotional value is difficult to put into words and greatly out weighs the physical nature of the object. A 2011 Travelodge suvery reports that 35% of British adults still sleep with stuffed animals or comfort objects.
There are many other uses for "security blankets" and comfort objects. In 2008, a study found that a Sony robotic pet decreased lonliness for the elderly in nursing homes. Paramedics use blankets to treat patients suffering from shock or to calm victims of fire or crime. Charities provide blankets for the survivors of disasters. Psychologists are studying the soothing effects of blankets with autistic children and are experimenting with replacing restraints for agitated patients with thick blankets. Security blankets provide the desirable soothing effect and psychological comfort to lessen stress and improve emotional well-being. (information source -wikipedia and Stephanie Pappas article 10/10/10)
"Security Blankets" have existed for a long time. Since 1920, "security blanket fasteners" were uesd to prevent infants from rolling out of bed. More recently, Charles M. Schultz gave a "security and happiness blanket" to his character Linus in the Peanuts comic strip.
BETH AND MONICA WITH THE OLD AND THE NEW LAMBY BLANKETS