And this is what studies have also shown ‘extinction methods’ of sleep training such as crying it out do to babies and children.  As a culture we seem to be very uncomfortable with the sound of anyone crying, and I suspect this is because we have long learned to silence our own cries.  So the sound of someone else giving voice to their own pain or discomfort triggers our own unheard feelings.  This triggering of discomfort in ourselves is an indication that we need to heal our own pain and learn again to listen to our own feelings, and express them safely.

http://travisnorwood.com/2016/02/18/the-loudest-silence-ive-ever-heard/

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