We are exploring the origins of human development. We are discussing the three pillars of development: feelings (affects), language, and cognition. Currently, we are examining the issue of language—particularly in terms of the importance of words and language even before the child speaks. The baby is immersed in words—from pregnancy into early childhood and onwards. In a sense, the baby does not have a “preverbal” period (Vivona, 2012, 2014). This time of “words-before-speaking” is very important—especially in terms of the parents putting “words to feelings.” How and What Does the Baby Understand—Even Before Speaking? During infancy, the baby and caretakers communicate through facial expressions and gestures and sounds. We described this process in detail previously. All babies have a universal, inherited, built-in signaling system with which they both send and receive signals. These signals are called feelings—such as … [Read more...] about Feelings: How and What Does a Baby Understand?