Children, mimicking and adults

Psychological Perspectives


September 30, 2021

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Ken Silvestro, PhD. 677-7282 •

When young children play together, they often begin to assume the behaviors and dress styles of their peers. They tell their parents how they want to dress and are adamant about what is acceptable as "in" and what is considered "out."

In school, being a member of an "in" clique is critical. Being an outcast is devastating for anyone outside the clique. Being inside, usually means members talk, think, dress, behave and assume attitudes that are similar to each other. They mimic each other. Everyone outside has a persona (appearance), values and behaviors that differ from the inside members....

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