The soft toys accompany the youngest during their childhood. However, a difficult to quantify number of adults keep it. A psychologist recently mentioned this phenomenon which, however, would not be abnormal.
Don’t be ashamed of it
A little teddy bear, a rabbit or some other piece of fabric, who never had a blanket during his childhood? Comforting and helping to calmly find sleep, this “transitional object” is very present during this period. It allows in particular to do not be afraid when parents are not nearby. For a majority of children, the abandonment of the blanket is done around the age of 10 or 12 years and then, is often the subject of mockery. Nevertheless, some adults never parted with their blanket, the latter enthroned for example in a corner of the bedroom.
To some people, it might sound quite strange, but an article in the magazine MagicMom of February 26, 2021 explains that he don’t be ashamed. The publication takes up the analysis of psychologist Gwénaëlle Perisaux, author of the book Healing Attachment Wounds: Learning to Build Calming Bonds (2021). For example, let us cite the case of a 20-year-old leaving his family to study several hundred kilometers from his home. The latter will be tempted to take a blanket to make the transition between the family cocoon and the unknown that represents the fact of living alone (and far away).
An anti-stress presence
According to the psychologist, the blanket generally helps to make the transition between the comfort zone and the unknown. It is also an object symbolizing protection. Compared to children, adults attribute certain “magical powers” to their blanket much less. On the other hand, this object keeps its reassuring and comforting side, in particular thanks to touch and smell. These senses are very strong and can reassure our emotional. The blanket can therefore by its presence alleviate certain states of stress resulting from an event such as moving, change of job or even breakup.
Gwenaelle Persiaux also specifies that we underestimate the number of people aged 25-35 who still have their blanket. In addition, some still sleep with it. Regarding the shame that one can feel, the psychologist explains that there is nothing abnormal about feeling stress when there is a change in life. In addition, the blanket is often associated with a plush. In reality, this transitional object can take various forms, from small fabric object to photos of a loved one to figurines.
Some Gwenaelle Persiaux patients who are over 40 say they still have a blanket. However, owning such an object at an advanced age “Questions the person, on parts of them lacking in confidence and serenity”. If there is nothing serious in itself, the fact of owning a blanket at this age invites all the same to take care of these “parts”, in order to gain internal security.