Published on Glands.

Growth disorders are very much associated to the endocrine system. There are three glands that participate in the balanced growing up process of individuals: the pituitary, the thyroid and the thymus.

If a child believes it is not worth growing, his body will expose this tension from a physical standpoint. And the child will not grow. And why will the child believe that it is not worth growing up? There could be several reasons, but they all point to the child’s parents and to the masculine and feminine models he had: “If adult life is what I can see is happening with my parents, then I want to remain little…”

The thymus plays a very important role until the child reaches adolescence. It is involved in growth and metabolism, as well as in the child’s immune system. Human beings’ memory is located in the thymus, and this memory is deep rooted in the experiences the child had in life and with his parents (mostly with his parents), as well as with the man and woman models he has met in life. The child concludes:” If adults are the way they are, then I do not want to grow up.” The conflict is both silent and deep. This is what the child comes up with to gain immunity from adult life.

The thyroid is an essentially feminine gland. It regulates the body’s metabolism, growth, weight, all of the body’s harmony. And it denotes the person’s capacity to express and make himself understood. The thyroid is where the body finds the calculating stance that taught it when to say something or when it is better to remain silent.

A child, who does not feel allowed to express himself, or who has realized that no one makes any effort to understand him, can he give up on himself. Hence, he gives up accelerating his metabolism and puts breaks on it. The child stops manifesting himself and expressing his emotional crying. And growth does not take place. The tension the body is revealing is: “I cannot create my own space in the world of adults. There is no point growing up. I do not wish to become like them.” When this tension occurs during pregnancy, the child will be born showing smallness, small stature syndrome symptoms (nanism).

The pituitary/hypophysis gland is the conductor of the orchestra of glands. It has multiple functions. It also plays a role in the growth system. Not so much in what concerns smallness, much more when it concerns gigantism.

One of the hormones the pituitary produces is the growth hormone, which influences the person’s growth and maturing factors.

At the level of the pituitary, the tension lies in the misalignment between the inner being (the person’s interior voice, his intuition) and the outer world (his everyday life and what the person pretends he is).

The person may end up being a lot taller than his family, with very long extremities. The tension here is: “I am not tall enough to…”, so he will grow very tall (we are talking here of tall people who come from much smaller families).

When a child believes he needs to grow very tall to be valid, his body will raise him up to the top.

This normally comes from the parents. Once more, from the parents’ example. And most probably from the Father, or male model in the family, who wanted to go further, higher. So, the child grew up to get the reward.

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