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Emotional Development Emotional development the development of a child's emotions. Children need to learn how to control their emotions in order to be acceptable within the community that they live. Emotional development is linked with other areas, but particularly social development. Positive and negative emotions Every one experiences both positive and negative emotions and these feelings can often get mixed up. Positive emotions e.g. happiness, joy, pleasure, love and excitement, need to be encouraged. Negative emotions, e.g. anger, hate, guilt, jealousy and impatience should be controlled. All these emotions are going to be felt at some time and the child needs to learn how to control these feelings. Parents or carers should be aware that children should be allowed to express these emotions through play so that they can experience positive and negative feelings. ...read more.


The influence of friends, family and the environment will shape a child's personality. Stages of emotional development And with other areas of development, a child passes through different stages. These milestones that are the average age only, and each child develops at a different pace. Newborn babies use body movements to express pleasure, e.g. when being fed At one month, the baby begins to show some personality e.g. calm or excitable By three months, the bay enjoys company and routines, e.g. bath time By twelve moths, the baby seeks attention and reassurance from adults and shows affection to familiar people. By fifteen moths, the child begins begins to cooperate with others but may also begin to have a temper tantrums. ...read more.


Psychologists have long been divided on the question f which emotions are present at birth. Some favour the view that all people are born with a core set of primary emotions. To investigate this idea, these theorists have relied heavily on the assumption that the expression on one's face is a reliable indicator of one's emotional state. Specifically, they believe that a certain facial expression universally communicates a basic set of emotional states to others and that the facial expressions of very young infants signal the presence in them of corresponding basic emotion. On the basis of their baby's facial expressions and vocalization, for example, the mothers interviewed on one study reported that their infants were expressing several emotions by the age of one month, including joy, fear, anger, surprise, sadness and interest. (Johnson 1982) ...read more.

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