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Posted: September 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Throughout life you go through four main stages, such as:

The sensorimotor stage is the first stage which occurs from the time you’re born until you’re about two years old.  At this time learning is nonverbal and child uses sensory input.  Motor responses become coordinated.  Children of this age also believe in object permanence which is when they believe objects exist even when hidden from them.  An example of this is peek-a-boo; a game that is commonly played with children.  They believe that adult magically disappears and then re-appears out of nowhere.

Did you know when a baby is only three months old they can learn that kicking moves a mobile?

During the ages two and seven child is now in the preoperational stage.  They began to start developing language and symbolic thinking.  Their thinking is intuitive and egocentric.  Egocentric is basically being self-centered; only think of their selves.  Piaget believed that while in their pre-school years they tend to be egocentric.  Dual representatives are also starting to develop which is using words behind real ones.  While in the preschool years children start to develop theory of mind is the ability to understand other’s mental states, but they are still egocentric.

The third stage is the concrete operational stage.  This stage is from the ages seven until eleven years old.  Although their abilities are simplified, they are able to understand time, space, volume, and numbers.  They also are able to follow rules and understand conservation.  Conservation is when volume remains unchanged despite the shape of the container.

Lastly, formal operational stage is from ages eleven and older.  Thinking now becomes abstract and theoretical.  Although many people do, not everyone achieves this level of development.  Once this age you start to use proportional reasoning.

Adolescence is the transition period from childhood to adulthood.  Once adolescence you start to wonder “who am I?” The task while adolescence is to solidify a sense of self by testing and integrating various roles.  The also look for role models.  In the 1890’s the average interval between a woman’s menarche (first menstrual period) and marriage was about seven years but now it is over 12 years.  When becoming a young adult you battles intimacy vs. isolation.  They try to establish bonds with those who surround them.  The parent and child relationship tends to change.

The adolescence stage is beginning to start earlier mainly because of diet.  Girls are eating better now than they were in the 1980s.  When their body has enough body fat they start their menstrual cycle and are able to carry a baby.  The process of adolescence is longer because people are trying to wait to start families/have children.  You are basically seen as adolescence until marriage.  People think that when you’re younger you don’t know what love is, but that is not the case.  While young you tend to love harder because the brain isn’t fully developed yet.  However, the main problem is that adolescence don’t seem to understand that there has to be stability to make a relationship successful.


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