Wondering why I choose to talk about these “brothers” of mine? Well, because there is an infinite amount of them. Even human adults use them for cuddling sometimes, like my Owner. In my case, I’m with my Owner since he was a small kid. His mother didn’t use to give him the attention that he wanted, being this the cause of why he got too close to me as a loyal companion, as a friend.
This happens to humans too. Some professional explain that the transitional object may be conceived of in three ways: as typifying a phase in a child’s development; as a defense against separation anxiety; and, lastly, as a neutral sphere in which experience is not challenged.
The term transitional object was coined in 1951 by D.W. Winnicott as “a designation for any material to which an infant attributes a special value. The reliance on such objects is rooted in sensorial elements that lessen the stress of separation, while they soothe and comfort the child. A transitional object provides an understanding of human development commencing with infancy and early childhood. As children procure and utilize transitional objects, this becomes indicative of how they will interact with and maintain human relationships.
In other situations, transitional objects were often apologized for by parents, and hidden in cubbies, or backpacks. A study in a preschool in Sweden advocated the use of transitional objects, however, at the same time, this particular institution also implemented very specific ground rules in terms of how, where, and when the object could be used. Why are transitional objects perceived as socially unacceptable to certain times and places? If taken in context as part of human development, if the object thought to make one stronger and more resilient in the face of difference and trauma, is removed or denied access to, it can actually create more anxiety and discourse. In fact, research indicates that those children who were deprived of object relations were often more susceptible to pathological disorders. This is the case of my Owner.
Getting out of this psychology lesson, Teddy bears first got started from a cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt refusing to shoot a bear. It appears that this cartoon even inspired Morris and Rose Michtom to make a bear in admiration of the president’s actions. The Michtoms called their bear “Teddy’s Bear” and placed it in the window of their store. It began to make a hit with the American public. By 1906 there were teddy bears everywhere and it was the hot object on the shelf.
In the present day, a new kind of manufactured bear called the artist-designed manufactured bear, are given to the public by certain individuals and others. They give collectors the chance to own artist-designed bears that cost cheaper due to mass production. Artists bring quality to teddy bears, but at an affordable price. Also in present day, polyester stuffing is cheap and easy to locate. Inexpensive, simple to use, and obtainable everywhere, polyester filling is today’s most popular pick for making all sorts of stuffed animals, including teddy bears. Teddy bears have come a long way throughout their history, anyone can witness these changes if they have been around since they started. From simple bears, to mechanical bears, to the different materials, teddy bears really have evolved.
We can explain the need for teddy bears because further here, through looking at an experiment done with monkeys. The surrogate monkey for example, contact-need or responsiveness has been shown for the monkey and chimpanzee in the experiment and is suggestive of the devotion often displayed by human infants to their pillows, blankets, and soft, cuddly stuffed toys. A real mother or surrogate mother offers a safety refuge during times of danger. “This responsiveness in times of distress, disturbance, or danger may be used as a measure of the strength of affectional bonds”. The results also of the experiment with the cloth mother and baby monkeys showed that love for the real mother and surrogate
mother appeared to be very much alike. The baby monkey if it is not near its mother when it’s frightened, runs to her and in her presence finds comfort and restfulness.
The bear is still considered an image of strength, courage, and endurance. Bears share many characteristics with humans, including the capability to stand on two legs and to hug, and they also guard and protect their cubs. We all know how fierce a bear can get when it protects it’s young and although mothers may not be fierce, most would do anything to protect and comfort their child when bad things happen. With these good connections to qualities we all need and want, bears serve as a good significance to all. Therefore, I’m going to give you some very good reasons to still sleep with your teddy bear~
1- They know all your Secrets:
That little guy really does know everything there is to know about you. You can trust him with anything and he’ll never, ever judge.
2- Because Everybody does It:
A recent study said that 35 percent of adults admitted to sleeping with teddy bears. That’s over one in three–and that’s only the people who’d fess up!
3- Who else is going to Protect you:
Yes, there are monsters under your bed and goblins in the closet. How have you stayed safe all these years? Look no further than your trusty–and very brave–bear!
4-Hugs are Awesome:
I know some people who don’t like to hug other people, but even they like to hug teddy bears! It’s like, your custom, perfect hug every single time.
5-He never snores:
Unlike some people you know (who shall remain unnamed!), this little guy never keeps you up at night with weird noises, and won’t yell at you if you make any of your own!
6-Pack & Go travel Buddies are the Best:
Heading out of town to a new place? You can at least have someone familiar in bed with you–without buying an extra airplane ticket. Score!
7-Your morning breath Doesn’t faze him:
Oh good morning, dragon breath! Guess who loves you anyway? Your bear. Snuggle, snuggle!
8-He’ll never hog the Bed:
Ever shared a bed with someone who’d splay their arms and legs out so much that you only had a corner of the bed to yourself? Well, it wasn’t your bear! He loves giving you all the space you need.
9-If you Stop, He’ll be Sad:
Don’t you know what happens to our stuffed animals when we neglect them? Didn’t you see Toy Story 3? DO YOU HAVE NO HEART?!
10-Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this Face:
Who needs reasons with a face like that? Just look at him! He loves you! Go snuggle him now!