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Child Psychology

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Child Psychology If I was to walk up to any random person on the street and ask him/her the first thing that comes into mind when I mentioned child psychology, I believed that I would get many responses of the same nature. I expected responses to the effect of "A shrink," and "Just somebody that works with kids." After a few hours of pondering, my curiosity got the best of me. So, taking advantage of the nice weather, I walked outside armed with a notebook and pen to approach people and get there opinions for this introduction. The question I raised was "What is the first thing that comes into your mind when I mention Child Psychology?" Out of thirty different people, (all caught walking out of Cranston after dinner) I got some very interesting responses. As expected, some just said "A shrink." Others were actually helpful and gave some insight into the topic. One such person went into an in-depth conversation as to the nature of the mind altogether. Being a Psychology major here at Fredonia, he stated that this question had also been raised in many of his classes. I found his insight to be interesting because he mentioned that in his opinion, psychology is not even able fully describe the things we do. ...read more.

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In my opinion, the prerequisite for sound thinking and effective participation in our democratic society rests on the ability of the school and the family to help children think on the basis of facts and realities, rather than on the basis of individual emotional conflicts or defects. According to Erikson, the socialization process consists of eight phases - the "eight stages of man."(Clark, 400) His eight stages of man were formulated, not through experimental work, but through wide - ranging experience in psychotherapy, including extensive experience with children and adolescents from low - as well as upper - and middle - social classes. Each stage is regarded by Erikson as a "psychosocial crisis,"(Clark, 411) which arises and demands resolution before the next stage can be satisfactorily negotiated. These stages are conceived in an almost architectural sense: satisfactory learning and resolution of each crisis is necessary if the child is to manage the next and subsequent ones satisfactorily, just as the foundation of a house is essential to the first floor, which in turn must be structurally sound to support and the second story, and so on. Erikson proposed this theory in 1956. Erickson proposed these eight stages: (1) ...read more.

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There are many things people can do to help this cause, so one day there may be a conclusion to a horrible problem that haunts many American children. One way for someone to help children is to speak out. Silence enables the abuse to continue. Silence protects the offenders and hurts children who are being abused. Abuse is an extremely difficult and damaging experience. With many of America's children growing up, not having a "proper" American upbringing, many fear that the United States is headed for a brick wall in the future. At the end of all this, child psychologists are the ones who try and deal with the emotional stress brought upon the children. The only way I can see to rectify the situation is basically a baptism by fire. If child abuse has continued this long, how are we going to stop it now? Conclusion In conclusion, child psychologists have a great role in many lives of children. Child psychologists use different theories to explain why children do or don't do certain actions. These theories could include Maslow's and Erikson's theories on the stages of life and their fulfillment. Child psychologists have in recent years had to deal with rising problems of child abuse. In the past decade, child abuse has been on the rise, much to the concern of many. ...read more.

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