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Disturbing Behaviors

“Disturbing behaviors,” says Purvis, “like tantrums, hiding, hyperactivity, or aggressiveness, are often triggered by a child’s deep primal fear. You can take an important step toward eliminating tantrums and misbehaviors – and enabling learning and positive family relationships – by providing an atmosphere where children feel and experience safety for themselves.” Dr. Purvis talks about disturbing behaviors, fear and safety in Chapter Four of her book, The Connnected Child.

And Chapter Four, “Disarming the Fear Response with Felt Safety,” is available free for download. It gives a simple explanation of your child’s fear and practical ways to help them feel safe and unafraid.


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