posted on Dec, 11 2008 @ 06:24 PM
Originally posted by badgerprints
I've got a great grasp of one thing. I know that behavioralists and psychologists spend a lot of time putting their problems on others.
right, forget the years of progress, you know best. It is you who is the authority on the matter of psychology, not the people who have been studying
and working in the field for decades.
My daughter knew right from wrong at a very young age.
She knew that Santa wasn't real at a very young age.
I never had to force her to be kind or giving. She is a very sweet girl who is kind to people because she wants to be.
She understood right and wrong very early in life.
Right, because thats what you observed? You observed her knowing? She may have followed the rules well, but that doesnt necessarily mean she
understood why they were rules. Chances are she merely imitated what the adults were doing. In which case, you are a great parent and I commend
She may have been a very intelligent young child, but that still doesn't mean she understood right from wrong, just that she knew X was right and Y
was wrong, and acted accordingly. Psychology is not in your favor, and I will take psychology over "my child was this or that" anyday. Why, because
to be frank, you are bias in the matter. It is your child. You want her to be able to understand right from wrong at the earliest age possible.
I don't blame you, if your child was my child, I would be saying the exact same things. "My child knew" but in reality, years of research says
otherwise. That children don't have the capacity to know right from wrong at 2-6 years old. At 7 they are starting to get it, but thats right around
the time santa starts to go out the window, nullifying the point of telling them santa exist.
As for your other statements, don't blame me for decades of studies and research. For a majority of human history, kids were treated as subjects
pretty much. Nobody really cared about whether or not they understood right from wrong, just that they followed it, and they did. Was it right? I am
not one to say what is or isn't right. Did it work? Yes, because young children are not capable of the abstract thought process necessary to
understand right and wrong concepts. Wish they were, but they aren't.