Early social development

  • David Fontana
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series (PPG)


Human beings are social creatures. The relative defencelessness of the individual, particularly in early childhood, has helped ensure over the millions of years of human evolution that people stick together. We live and work in social groups, and there is evidence that isolating the individual from others can lead to severe cognitive and emotional problems. We have become programmed, if you like, to be gregarious. And so pervasive is this programming that the way in which we experience our own lives is very much determined for us by the way in which we think other people see us. Not content with simply living together in our social groups, we need the esteem and support of the group if we are to develop into happy and well-adjusted people.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fontana
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    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.University of MinhoPortugal

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