My Developmental Years

Topics: Theory of cognitive development, Jean Piaget, Neo-Piagetian theories of cognitive development Pages: 6 (2318 words) Published: September 29, 2000
I was born on November 22, 1980 at approximately 2:18 a.m., in Richmond Hill Ontario. My birth weight was 8lbs. 7oz. and I was 14 in. long. My mother was thirteen days overdue with me. As I grew older I seemed to develop at a normal pace. Crawling at eight months, walking at thirteen months and talking fluently at 32 months "What's out of sight, is out of mind." (Myers, D.G. 2000). This one of Piaget's theories for the sensorimotor stage. It was definitely part of my development between the ages of birth and two years, but this was only for a very brief time when I was very young. I feel that objetc permanence, the awareness that things exist even when not visible, is part of a childs early years and that it's an important milestone with age development. It shows the beginning of a childs mind learning to problem solve and think. Objetc permanence, in my opinion, only applies to young children. I feel that after the age of 8 months it no longer affetc s them.

Another developmental phenomena as proposed by Piaget is stranger anxiety. When I was young I never suffered from stranger anxiety, according to my mother, I would walk right up to strangers like I new them my whole life. I see some similarities in my life now. I make friends fairly easy and not many people intimidate me, as far as being shy goes. Stranger anxiety seems to very common among children, I think that infants that are kept in the home around the same familiar faces suffer from it more than those who play with the neighbors kids and are always visiting different people. Erickson had a whole different way of writing the developmental stages for infants. "If needs are dependably met, infants develop a sense of basic trust." (Myers, D.G. 2000). This to me is the same idea with Piaget's theory of stranger anxiety. By developing trust and mistrust comes to be why infants would be afraid of strangers. If a stranger does something different to a child that they don't recognize and don't like, I feel that they will remember the incident and become more and more weary of strangers as more incidents happen. A strange story that comes into play with my life happened when I was a little older. I was about ten years old and home from school sick. At about ten o'clock in the morning my mom left to go to the grocery store and left me at the house. I was down the basement playing Nintendo when I heard heavy boots walking upstairs. Well I went up the stairs to investigate, as I peaked around the corner I discovered a man wearing all black with a ski mask on in my house. He spotted me at the same time, and we both ran for the door, him out the back and me out the side. I ran across the street to the neighbors who called the police. It didn't have much effetc on me, but it did make me weary of people wearing black ski masks, even to this day I hate seeing people wear them. Not necessarily stranger anxiety but I think it relates. Erickson also said "Toddlers learn to exercise will and do things for themselves, or they doubt their abilities." (Myers D.G. 2000). I don't agree with this statement very much, because children learning how to do things on their own is part of growing up. Being successful and failing, either way helps a child grow. When I was at this young age my mother said that I got bored and frustrated very easily. I feel that children get frustrated very easily with things they can't figure out and that it is stressful to them. Failing, I don't believe makes a child doubt their abilities one little bit. Their minds aren't capable of realizing self-esteem issues and they forget about it in a minute or so. The next stage in Piaget's theory is the preoperational stage. It applies to children between the ages of about 2 to 6 years. He said that children begin "Representing things with words and images but lacking logical reasoning." (Myers, D.G. 2000). As far as associating things with words, this was true for me at...
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