Ponijao

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Ponijao is a (newborn-1/2 years) male baby who is from Opuwo, Namibia. He lives with his parents and eight older siblings. He seemed to be a healthy baby but the society in which he lived was more dirty than clean. His home was a mud hut and most of her environment was sandy. Ponijao had a good relationship with his siblings because they played and shared things with each other more than fighting. Her social skills were great, and he had a way of coping with his mother than all the other children had. The stages of social/moral development my baby was functioning at would fit in with Freud’s Stages of Psychosexual Development. Since Ponijao lived in a poor society and didn’t have many toys to play with, he had often played with things she found on the ground, such as bones and rocks. He usually ended up putting those items in her mouth with much pleasure. Ponijao was definitely at the Oral Stage of Psychosexual Development according to Freud’s theory. Ponijao seemed to enjoy playing with his dog and had always put his hands in the dog’s mouth. Thankfully the dog was nice and tamed so he had not harmed Ponijao. The only times he would ever cry would be for milk, and so his mother would breast feed him while standing, which didn’t seem to satisfy Ponijao because he was still crying afterwards until she got distracted with something else. These are also examples of Ponijao’s Oral Stage. There is a scene in the movie where Ponijao repeats some things his mother says to him and another scene where he learns how to clap and dance from his mother. These scenes could fit in with the idea of “identification” from Freud’s Theory because it shows the process of how the Ponijao adopts the values and principles of the same-sex parent which was his mother. Ponijao’s social skills are amazing. He repeats and learns things from his mother. He knows how to share things with his siblings, and doesn’t cry too much. The only thing I would be worried about is his health. Ponijao...
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