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Childish and childlike (each one word, unhyphenated) have roughly the same definition—of, like, or related to a child or childhood—but childish has negative connotations, and childlike usually does not. Childish is often synonymous with words like infantile, immature, silly, juvenile, and foolish, all of which are usually negative. Childlike is closer to words like innocent, trusting, unfeigned, and pure, which are not negative.
Childish vs. childlike
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: Profusion
I should hope not as it would take all the fun out of it.
originally posted by: Profusion
My conclusion is that while being childlike is a strength, it is also a weakness because childishness comes with it.
originally posted by: Galadriel
I have always valued being childlike as a quality, in myself and others, particularly in a romantic partner. Childlike wonder of the world. An innocence and openess, a curiosity, a creative way of experiencing the world, authenticity, joy and full of love, exuberance, and playfulness.