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Arrested Development

Arrested Development refers to being emotionally stuck at a certain age that is much younger than one’s chronological age. Paul the Apostle said ……

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” - I Corinthians 13:11

Arrested Development is when you don’t put away your childhood and are driven by childish emotions. Many today suffer from arrested development and don’t even know it.

Arrested development is usually caused by severe childhood trauma, abuse or rejection by a member of one's immediate family.Ifyou have been wounded as a child, either through rejection, molestation, emotional abuse, or physical abuse, more than likely your emotional development has been “arrested” at some level.Many (now) grown adults are "arrested" emotionally at an age somewhere between zero and twelve. Arrested Development has adults revert to an emotional state of their childhood. Those affected by arrested development have never matured past the age of the trauma or abuse. They may at-one-moment act like an adult but the next minute reverts to childish behavior .

Depending on the timing of trauma (childhood, adolescent or teen) determines the symptoms of Arrested Psychological Development.

Some signs and symptoms may include:

• Adults that do “childish” (stupid) things

• Act like a child when stressed

• Feel like a child in a grown-up world

• The need to escape from the reality of life by distractions or addictions

• Believes the world revolves around them

• Narcissistic (NPD) / Jezebel

• Dyslexia is very common from the spirit of arrested development.

• Dyscalculia - problems with mathematics

• Dysgraphia - written language, grammar, spelling, and ability to write legibly.

• Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

• Early use of drugs (alcohol, prescriptions drugs) and fast food products


• Confusion about sexuality

• Difficulty reading

• Runs from responsibility

• Fearful of people

• Extreme fear of being deceived

• Easily discouraged or depressed

• Expects others to focus their attention on them

• Difficulty exercising control

• Unstable

• Impulsive and hyperactive

• Aggressive

• Trouble paying attention

• Problems processing information

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