While growing up, David had to adapt to the harsh environment he lived in. All his childhood David knew only the smell of the fields, mines and noises of factories and children running about the busy neighborhood. At the age of 2 David had to follow his mother to the fields just a year after his father had passed away. He did not have much of the social life kids do like playing around, visiting relatives and going for trips and vacation with parents, he learnt how to walk and crawl in the vastness of the fields “one would say he had plants and crops as friends”. Henri Tajfel (1979) proposed that the groups (e.g. social class, family, football team etc.) which people belonged to were an important source of pride and self-esteem. Groups give us a sense of social identity: a sense of belonging to the social world. David had no experience of these since everyone was busy minding their own business and he was constantly in the fields with his mother. Bowlby’s theory of attachment also focused on early quality relationship. He went on to say that it has evolutionary basis which recognises infant emotional ties to their caregiver i.e. the mother. Though David followed his mother to the fields there was no emotional attachment between the two because the innate signal was not there. she would leave him at such tender age to work the fields little did she know that his cognitive development will be affected.
At the age of 3 David was still going to the fields, education was for the rich and his mother could not afford it. between 4 and 5 David new different crops and their seasons rather than knowing basic numeric skills, his knowledge of the fields was so vast because that was the life he was brought up in, his brain began to mature and he could communicate with his mother verbally. He ran and played in the field by himself and could only dream and imagine a better life for him and his mother just what most children his age would do. At the age of 7 and 11 David’s physical features began developing such as his height and muscles. Due to malnutrition and poverty he looked pale and skinny for his age. David could not read and write which means that his brain cognitive skills development (Huitt, W., & Hummel, J. (2003) were developing slowly due to the lack of education, he could neither count nor read and write.
By the time David was 13 years of age he realised the fields will not help the family much financially, so just like every other young male his age, he decided to start repairing cars, machines and automobiles which made him a service man by the age of 16. As David grew up he began to experience some physical hormonal changes as a male child and because he had no one to talk or educate him he became self-absorbed. During that period, not many cultures existed thereby limiting the amount of cultural differences and diversity, the only people David saw where the same skin colour as himself. There was a barrier between the rich and the poor, this social class discrimination had great impact on his growing up because he felt discriminated upon as a young boy. He learnt how to be independent at a very young age and there was no time to make friends or leisure about. David suffered from depression, he was always unhappy, frustrated and sad because he never had the love of both parents and he had no hubbies to distract his mind.
The conditions in the UK grew worst, crisis and the sound of another war could be heard. This time David knew he had to serve in the war because as a boy if you avoided going to war you were considered a weakling which is a form of stereotyping. By the age of 20 WW2 broke out and David had to serve in the war as a soldier. The fear of moving away from the only family he had left was horrible and heart breaking too. The experience of watching soldiers killed by bullets, spears and swards was very painful. Watching people being burnt in their camps and living with fear of not seeing the next day. Food was more of a luxury now because there was not enough to feed everyone and those who were weak died out of hunger. All these experience frightened David but as a man he had to be brave and strong with hope of seeing his mother again when the war was over.
When the war came to an end, David was 26 years of age and his mother had passed away, at 26 David looked older than his age and unhealthy too. The grief of her little boy in the battle field and absence of family was so depressing she fell ill and gave up the ghost. David returned to a rather void world, the war had killed his mother and left him homeless. He had to start at fresh, he took for a wife a native girl from his home town and started a family with her. David was married at age 28 and by the time he clocked 35 he and his wife had 3 children. Conditions where a little better but just when David thought he could settle and give his children the life he did not get, he was later diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). A psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experiences of a life-threatening event such as military combat, terrorist incidents, physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. The experience at WW2 and those of his childhood where so much that David had little or no good memories to look back at.