Children 's Understanding Of Emotion

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In this chapter, “Children’s Understanding of Emotion”, Paul L. Harris talked about the developmental of understanding of emotions in children. The three main topics of this chapter are, “Talking About Emotion”, “Beyond Scripts: Desires, Beliefs, and Emotion”, and “ Individual Differences in Understanding Emotion”. The first topic talked about how children talk about emotions. Children start to understand emotions very young. It’s known that children, as young as two years old, are able to talk thoroughly about emotions. Children between the ages of 18 and 24 months old use conversations about feelings primarily to comment on their own feelings or those of another person. As soon as children are able to talk, they begin to report on their own feelings and feelings of others. They, also then, are able to project those feelings on nonhuman objects. Harris says that children’s recognition of emotion does not come solely from living displays of emotions, because children are able to attach different emotions onto dolls, stuffed animals, and made-up characters. Young children are also able to recognize emotions from the past. They, also, know what situations will cause what emotion in the future. Harris says that, “…about half of 2-year-olds’ references to emotion are concerned with past, future, and recurrent feelings, and the distribution of references is similar among 3- and 4- ear-olds” (321). Conversations about past emotions may help children understand how an emotion can
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