Have you ever thought that your baby aged 2 or 3 years does not care about anyone but himself? Turns out there’s a scientific explanation!
Unfortunately, the ability of children to think about someone other than himself, develops a bit later than I would like.
Only when the child turns 4 years, he or she begins to feel empathy or understand what it’s like to be, so to speak, in a strange place, writes WomanEL.
Why is this happening?
Up to 4 years old children are unable to understand that their thoughts can exist independently from what they see and know about the world. For example, a 3-year-old child who found a box of chocolates, filled with pencils, think of that now every kid will expect in a box of candy are pencils, even if he didn’t have the same experience.
Brain characteristics of children aged 1-3 years
The area behind the temporal lobe responsible for thinking about others and the area in the frontal lobe that helps people to understand what the real world (not just their own world) are developed since 4 years. From this age children begin to understand that others beliefs may differ from their own.
Of course, the findings of scientists and their observations of the behavior of the kids does not mean that your child will be selfish and don’t care about your feelings. All children are different, and everyone develops at different speeds. Just be aware that this could happen for physiological reasons: it does not mean that the baby will grow up to be a man and not be able to empathize with others.