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The importance of eye contact, emotional expression and non-verbal communication: How niqab and burqa can harm the psychological development of Muslim children
by Nicolai Sennels
Scientific psychological studies confirm what parents know instinctively: that the mother's eye contact and facial mimics are important when it comes to the development of her childrens' empathy, communication and feeling of security. One important example is mothers with post-partum depression. Depressed mothers tend to have less eye contact and a less lively facial mimic, and the result can be delayed or even dysfunctional development in the child, emotionally and socially.
Children need eye contact and to be able to study the mother's facial expressions for many reasons. Among them are:
1) The child learns to read and understand the emotions of others (empathy).
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