The specialists have proven, once again, that babies are smarter and, apparently, more correct than they think since the first months of life. The latest research has highlighted a sensational thing - babies have a sense of innate justice, and even before they start talking, they manage to distinguish whether they were wronged or not - if the brother received more attention, if another child they gave more toys than he did.
Babies fight small for justice
Babies are little "justiciaries", and few parents are aware of this. Even from the first months of life, a baby manages to make the difference between a negative and a positive behavior, even if the difference between good and bad is learned and understood much later.
Before the age of 8 months, babies prove a very strong social justice spirit. They also prove vindictive, eager to see the wicked punished, and the good rewarded for their merits.
A study by the University of British Columbia by psychologists has shown that babies under 8 months like to witness or punish a person who has committed an injustice.
Until this study it was considered that babies are attracted and react only to positive behaviors. But psychologists believe that by the age of 8 months, little ones are able to develop nuanced views of reciprocity and can make complex social assessments.
The findings came to the surface following an experiment by researchers. To achieve this, over 100 babies were recruited, from 3 age categories - 5 months, 8 months and over 19 months.
All the children were put on to watch a puppet show, in which there were 2 camps of characters - the good and the bad. During the show, the characters went through all sorts of states and feelings. The specialists observed that when the dolls showed a positive behavior, they were smiling, they were happy or satisfied, the babies imitated their reactions and they also smiled. But when the characters were aggressively or greedy, the little ones quickly became dissatisfied and irritated.
At the key moment of the show, when the negative characters were punished for paying for their deeds, the babies did not look irritated or agitated. On the contrary, they displayed an approving and satisfactory behavior, considering that this is the right thing to happen.
Parents, encouraged to consider moral education from an early age
Through this study, specialists are trying to draw attention to the importance of modeling the moral education of children from a very young age. Many parents tend to develop the moral sense of their children when they grow up, speak and understand very well the difference between good and bad.
In addition, parents and those involved in their growth must provide an example of morality and be aware that all the actions they take and the way they react around babies is carefully received and has repercussions later.
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