Children’s ability to make sense of other people depends on how well they are able to mentally model social experience. In this chapter we see how the properties of children’s external relationships with others assists in the development of these inner working models. The models help children to understand how others view them, how they might view others, and how the relationship between self and others might best be interpreted. Once the inner working models become established, they are increasingly likely to define social experience rather than be defined by social experience.
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